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Four hurt when Fire Truck flips on way to call

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

Police and emergency crews were at the scene of a fire truck crash in rural Boyle County.

The accident involved a Boyle County Tanker truck and a silver pickup on Highway 52 at the Boyle and Garrard County line.

27 NEWSFIRST has learned the fire truck flipped on its side around 10:30am. The truck was responding to a call at the time, on its way to a chimney fire.

State Trooper Chris Lanham says two wheels went off the side of the embankment and because of the weight of the water on the truck, it flipped into the path of a pickup.

Marvin Peavler, who lives near by, says he saw the truck flip, saying it rolled three to four times before coming to a rest on it's side.

We're told four firefighters who were on the truck had to be taken to the hospital with what officials are calling minor injuries.

Lt. Clarence Roller and Firefighter Tim Middleton were in the back seat, and were treated and released hours after the accident.

The driver of the tanker, Lt. Jim Harris suffered a broken collarbone. He along with Lt. Nate Wesley, who suffered minor injuries, had to be cut from the cab.

Assistant Chief Paul McCrystal says the construction of the tanker likely saved the firefighters lives.

He says, "This truck in particular is built well and maintained it's integrity through the accident."

27 NEWSFIRST spoke with the driver of the pickup, Kenneth Runyon after the crash.

He says, "I saw it drop off the road, there was nothing I could do. I couldn't get over any further."

The tanker struck the side and rear of his truck but he was able to walk away unharmed.

He says he was just happy the firefighters were alright. Runyon says, "I told them the lord was riding with them."

The chimney fire was handled by another crew without a problem.

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