- Associated Press - Saturday, May 23, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Officials in central Ohio are investigating why and how a firefighter caused more than a quarter million dollars damage to a new fire engine by scraping it on a billboard.

The Columbus Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1JCH4Pi) reports a water pump, hose, roof and tools were all damaged and lights were ripped off.

The city had just bought the engine for $550,000 and it had been used less than a week.

Firefighter Brian Murphy told investigators he didn’t see reflective tape or warning signs of low clearance.

Murphy said he was unfamiliar with the engine and his peripheral vision was hindered by the smaller windshield.



Once repaired, city officials may send the engine to another station.

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