“While looking at the reporters photo of a news story on Seacoastonline, I noticed a strange shape in the photo. Directly above the fire truck in the attached photo, is a triangular shape. There is no such shaped object in the area where this photo was taken. I am not the taker of the photo, either, merely curious at what it could be. I have sent an e-mail to the newspaper this morning inquiring as to whether or not this photo was photo-shopped prior to publishing. I have not had a response as of yet. My first thought was that the photo was a screen capture of an on-line paused video (where a triangle shows in the middle of the screen). When I zoomed in on the photo, it does appear that the right most point of the triangle is behind the building.
seacoastonline – A potentially deadly situation was averted Thursday morning after a trash compactor struck a telephone pole, causing electrical wires to fall on top of the truck that was leaking fuel with the driver trapped inside.
The accident occurred at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Commerce Way, not far from Hesser College. Police and fire personnel arrived to find a Waste Management truck on its side with three-quarters of a snapped telephone pole resting on top of it. The driver was conscious and standing through the open passenger-side window.
The volatile situation was calmed approximately 20 minutes later when rescue personnel determined the truck was not charged, placed a metal ladder against it and successfully removed the driver.
It was unclear what caused the vehicle to strike the poll.
The driver initially refused treatment, but eventually went to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries.Assistant Fire Chief Steve Achilles said they were fortunate to a have a firefighter who is also a city electrical inspector, who helped determine the driver could be removed safely.
“Initially you have a victim entrapped with a live wire and a fuel spill, so you always worry about him getting injured further or electrocuted, or if there’s a spark that ignites a flammable hydraulic fluid or the diesel tank,” said Achilles. “The biggest thing right now is the serious environmental impact it might have.”
The accident occurred 10 feet from a large marsh area beside Market Basket Plaza on Woodbury Avenue. Approximately 50 gallons of hydraulic fluid was leaking, according to Achilles, though the diesel tank remained in tact. Fire personnel used booms to try to keep the fluid from spreading into the wetland.
Achilles said a representative from the state Department of Environmental Services was heading to the scene to assess the damage.
“It looks like we’ll be here for a while,” said Achilles, at approximately 9:45 a.m.
At 10:30 crews were awaiting response from FairPoint Communications, which owns the pole.”