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Lisbon squad truck involved in accident on way to fire

Lisbon firefighter Brad Smith uses some dirt from nearby sidewalks to divert diesel fuel oil that spilled from a dump truck that caught fire Monday afternoon on North Market Street in Lisbon. (Salem News photo by Tom Giambroni)

LISBON — A squad truck from the Lisbon Fire Department responding to a dump truck fire was involved in an accident with a Jeep Renegade about 3 p.m. Monday on upper North Market Street.

The accident occurred when the squad truck was heading up North Market Street and the Renegade pulled from Jerome Street, with the Renegade getting the worst of it.

According to other motorists, the squad truck’s lights and sirens were activated and all of the vehicles in front of it had pulled off to the side when the Renegade entered from Jerome Street and began heading north. The driver, who was allegedly on her phone, did not stop or pull over but instead began to pass the vehicles that had pulled to the side, which is when the accident occurred.

Neither drivers were injured.

Meanwhile, up North Market Street beyond Beaver Street was the dump truck from the Acme Co. of Youngstown that caught fire. The fire started in the engine compartment and destroyed the front end of the truck, sending diesel fuel and oil leaking onto the street and down Market Street.

A dump truck belonging to the Acme Co. of Youngstown caught fire Monday afternoon on North Beaver Street in Lisbon. The fire of unknown origin destroyed the engine compartment, melting the tires and also sending diesel fuel and motor oil flowing down North Market Street, resulting in the county hazmat team being called to the scene to assist in the clean up. The truck driver escaped unharmed. Salem News photo by Tom Gianbroni)

The accident and fuel/oil spill resulted in traffic being stopped for more than two hours from Jerome Street to the dump truck, and motorists were not allowed to enter North Market Street from North Beaver Street. Police Chief Mike Abraham said the county hazmat team was called to the scene to assist in the clean up of the fuel/oil spill.

Abraham said they were still sorting out the details and having witnesses fill out reports when there was a rollover accident at the intersection of state Route 164 and Route 517. He said further details would not be available until today.

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