Delaware fire truck overturns en route to barn fire

No one was injured when the fire truck rolled over while responding to an early Sunday morning fire.

The Leipsic Volunteer Fire Company truck was on its way to a barn fire around 4:30 a.m. Sunday when it overturned on East Dennys Road in Dover.

The truck driver, 72-year-old John Burkett of Dover, was slowly passing another fire truck when the crash happened. The wheels of the engine truck left the pavement and crossed onto the soft shoulder, which caused the weight of the truck to shift and overturn on its left side.

Burkett was taken to Kent General Hospital as a precaution, but he was uninjured. Four other firefighters who were on the truck were also uninjured.

It took about two hours for the truck to be up-righted. Delaware State Police say no charges are expected.

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