A Monday morning crash involving a car and a West York Fire Co. ladder truck left one person injured and the fire department without one of its most used pieces of apparatus.

An 18-year-old woman, who was driving the car, suffered leg and neck injuries. She was taken to York Hospital, according to a news release from West Manchester Township police. Her name was not released by police.

None of the firefighters were injured, said Brian Wilson, president of the West York borough council.

But the department is without its much-used ladder for some time to come because of damage to its front end.

"It will be out of service for a while," Wilson said.

Crash: According to police, the ladder truck was going west on Taxville Road when, about 7:40 a.m., the car drove through a stop sign on Derry Road and into its path, police said.

Emergency responders had to use the Jaws of Life to get the woman out of the badly damaged car.

Firefighters were responding to a call for smoke in a home in the 2700 block of Butternut Lane in the township and had the truck's sirens and lights on at the time of the crash, police said.

The crash is the second in three days to involve a fire truck as it was responding to a call.

On Saturday, a Hellam Fire Co. fire engine rolled over while rounding a bend on Yorkana Road in Hellam Township.

No firefighters were injured in the incident, but the engine sustained considerable damage and has been taken out of service.


West Manchester Township Police continue to investigate the crash involving the West York ladder truck. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (717) 792-9514.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.