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Injured firefighter goes home

Posted by Ralph Ranalli May 21, 2007 12:29 PM

NEWTON

A firefighter who was seriously injured by a runaway pumper truck has gone home from the hospital as two investigations are underway to determine how he became trapped under the truck as it teetered on a ledge.

State police investigators are working to determine what caused the accident in which Lt. Richard Geary suffered a serious head laceration and several broken limbs in the incident, which occurred last Tuesday about 12:30 a.m. The local firefighters union is also conducting its own probe, according to Patrick Vardaro, vice president of Local 863.

Vardaro said today that he believes a gear malfunction may have caused the truck to hurtle forward unexpectedly as firefighters were dousing a trash bin fire at Boston College. Geary was trapped under the truck and had to be pried out.

-- Connie Paige

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