"We think (the crash) might have been caused by a medical problem," said Fire Chief George Gorman, who did not elaborate.
According to Gorman, the town of South Berwick received a call for assistance from Eliot in fighting a house fire around 2:15 p.m. The town sent a fire truck and a tanker.
When Eliot later informed the town its assistance was not needed, Leach, who was driving the tanker, made a turn onto Fifes Lane. That is when Leach lost control of the tanker, which went off the road and hit a large pine tree.
The tanker, which was carrying 3,000 gallons of water, did not rupture, but "the truck has been destroyed," Gorman said.
All of the department's firefighters are paid by the number of calls they respond to. Leach, who drives an oil truck in the private sector, has been with the department about 15 years.
The town paid about $113,000 for the tanker 13 years ago. A new tanker would likely cost more than $200,000, Gorman estimated. The damaged tanker was fully insured.
Written by Portland Press Herald
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