Backups provide huge support for Harrington Fire Co.

A vehicle collided with the side of a tractor trailer carrying propane on Vernon Road in Harrington on Saturday night. (Submitted photo/Harrington Fire Company)

HARRINGTON — The adrenalin rush from an emergency response was tamped down Saturday night.

When a nearby vehicle accident call arrived at the Harrington Fire Company around 6:21 p.m., no local trucks left the station.

The situation was potentially explosive, considering that a passenger car crashed into the side of a disabled tractor trailer carrying propane on Vernon Road near Triangle Road.

Thanks to the backup support of two other fire companies, the festivities continued unabated at the Harrington FC’s Community Hall.

The 225 attendees – mostly active members, their families and elected officials – stayed put at the annual awards banquet and Clayton and Magnolia trucks roared to the scene.

“There was definitely some excitement when the call came in but this is the one night of the year where our members can relax and not worry about it,” Harrington FC Deputy Chief Earl K. Brode said.

The incident was significant enough that the Farmington Fire Company was dispatched to assist. The DNREC Hazardous Materials unit worked to secure leaking liquid propane and the Delaware State Police arrived to investigate.

According to Mr. Brode, “Units remained on scene for an extended period of time.” One non-life threatening injury was reported and required a transport to a local hospital, he said.

The DSP cited a 74-year-old man with careless driving after his Ford Explorer’s front center struck the left side of the tractor trailer. The truck had become stuck in a roadside ditch as it was backing from a parking lot onto private property.

Police said it was unknown how many pounds of propane were lost.

Around midnight, visiting crews responded to a smoke complaint at a residence on Coleman Street as well.

Each year, Harrington FC backs up Clayton during its banquet night and is happy to oblige.

“We’re always looking out for each other,” Mr. Brode said.

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