later treated and released from Cooper for head
and facial injuries, Anderson said.
Sorenson and five other firemen on the two trucks
were all thrown from them by the crash. The other firemen injured were
Joseph Chelhowski, captain of
Engine Eight, who was in satisfactory condition in West Jersey Hospital, Northern Division with ankle
injuries and bruises.
Collum, captain of Engine One, who was in stable condition at Cooper with a concussion, a
broken finger, contusions and bruises.
Smith, a hoseman for Engine Eight, who was being held for observation at or Lady of Lourdes
Hospital with head and facial cuts and bruises.
Asher, a hoseman for Engine One, and Paul Capazola, a hoseman for Engine Eight, who were
treated and released from Cooper for cuts and bruises.
Five other persons were injured, none seriously, in
the crash. One, Leonard Medford, of 611 Line Street, Camden, was in satisfactory condition at Cooper
Hospital with leg injuries. The others were all treated and released from Cooper and Lourdes
Anderson said the diesel engines of the two trucks
both received “extensive" damage and that he did not know if the eight-year-old trucks, which he said
usually last 15 years, could be used again.
Edward V. Michalak said the department has
pressed two of its older, auxiliary pumpers into service to keep the city's nine engine
companies and three ladder companies at full strength.
Michalak said, however, that the two trucks damaged
were among the newest the City owned.
Although he would put no dollar estimate on the
damages, he said they were “excessive" and that it would not be known until at least Tuesday
whether they could be repaired.
The city will not be receiving any new fire trucks
until next April, when delivery of four pumpers is expected.
Although the city has experienced fire truck mishaps
before, the chief, a 33-year veteran of the force, said this was the most serious.
He would not comment on the cause of the accident
pending completion of the department's investigation.