Lake Mary, FL Vintage Fire Truck Upsets, Feb 1972


Lake Mary, Fla. (UPI) -- A visitor from West Palm Beach who hopped on a vintage Lake Mary Volunteer Fire Department pumper in order to accompany his fireman friend, was killed Saturday, and four firemen injured when the truck ran off a rural road in Seminole County.
A spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol said there were no plans to investigate why an unauthorized person was on the thruck. In Lake Mary, fire officials would not comment on the accident other than basic details of the rescue. The dead man was identified Saturday night as EARL MARLOWE of West Plam Beach. Newsmen learned he was visiting a friend, TOM GETER, at the firehouse when the alarm was sounded for a minor brushfire on the Longwood-Markham Road between here and Paola.
GETER was also injured in the accident.
Lake Mary Fire Chief ZIP SCHWEIKERT said after the afternoon accident, the truck failed to negotiate a curve on the rural road and went off the side, overturning in the undergrowth. The pump truck was ruptured and the crash scene was one of mud and water amidst torn pieces of firetruck.
Some of the four injured men were trapped beneath the truck for 45 minutes he told reporters.
The truck was enroute to a small routine brush fire outside of Lake Mary when the accident occurred. Authorities said no lives were immediately endangered by the brush fire.

Playground Daily News Fort Walton Beach Florida 1972-02-27