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Six Firefighters Injured In Truck Rollover

Six Firefighters Injured In Truck Rollover

Courtesy: St. Louis Times Dispatch

Associated Press

June 29, 2010

FARMINGTON, MO — Six volunteer firefighters survived a rollover accident in the Farmington Fire Department’s pumper tanker truck, one that the Missouri State Highway Patrol says was caused by another motorist. Investigators say the driver of the tanker were trying to avoid a motorist during a routine fire call.

The Farmington volunteer crew had their lights and sirens blaring heading down Highway F to a house fire, when they came across a car they say was hugging the center line and not slowing down.

Investigators with the Missouri State Highway Patrol say this unknown vehicle ended up causing this 1990 pumper tanker to roll. Troopers say the car failed to yield properly to an emergency vehicle. Investigators say the driver of the fire truck was afraid of a collision, so he veered slightly to the right, but on that narrow highway the right wheels of the tanker dropped off the pavement. He overcorrected, and the fire truck rolled over, ejecting the driver and front passenger.

Sgt. Al Nothum with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said, “All these people who don’t yield to our emergency vehicles, whether it’s a stationary emergency vehicle or moving emergency vehicle, are putting our lives at risk as well as theirs and everyone around them. You really have to know the laws.”"

And that is to pull over, slow down, and try to stop. This incident happened just after 1:30 Sunday morning.

“Who knows why that vehicle was hugging the center line. Could be any number of reasons: the driver could be falling asleep at that time in the morning, possibly alcohol is involved. Who knows, could be a distracted driver talking on a cell phone,” said Sgt. Nothum.

That other vehicle left the scene. Meantime, the driver of the fire truck remains at St. John’s Mercy with a pelvic injury. The other five volunteer firefighters were treated and released with minor injuries.


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