Oakland firefighter recovers after training drill crash

aircraft rescue firefighting rig flipped over at the Oakland International Airport

An Oakland firefighter who was critically injured when a truck he was driving overturned during a training drill at Oakland International Airport on Tuesday is now awake and breathing on his own, according to a city spokesman.

Mitchell Ow, a 28-year veteran assigned to the airport, was driving an Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting rig when it rolled as he was turning near the Oakland Maintenance Center at 11:43 a.m. Tuesday, according to spokesman Sean Maher.

Ow, who was wearing his seat belt according to officials, wasn't thrown from the vehicle but authorities initially described the 55-year-old's injuries as life-threatening and said he was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

No other injuries or property damage were reported.

The rig was loaded with 3,000 gallons of water and 420 gallons of foam when it flipped.

The airport remained open and its operations weren't impacted by the accident, Maher said.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.
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