06/29/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley
Farmington, MO— A rollover accident injured six volunteer firefighters when they tried to avoid an accident with another motorist. The accident occurred around 1:30 a.m., Sunday, June 27, 2010, as reported by KSDK.
The Farmington Fire Department pumper truck had its lights and sirens engaged as they were traveling along Highway F towards a house fire. The driver of the pumper truck noticed anther motorist who was hugging the center line and not yielding to the emergency vehicle and tried to avoid the car. In an effort to avoid a collision, the driver veered slightly to the right. In doing so, the right wheels of the tanker dropped off the pavement when the driver over-corrected causing the tanker to roll. The rollover ejected the drover and a front passenger.
The other vehicle left the scene.
The firefighters were rushed to St. John’s Mercy for treatment of their injuries. The driver was treated for a pelvic injury, while the other firefighters were treated and released with minor injuries.
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.”
A full investigation is underway.
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