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6 Zeigler firefighters recovering after fire truck rollover crash

(Courtesy: The Frankfort American) (Courtesy: The Frankfort American)
(Courtesy: The Frankfort American) (Courtesy: The Frankfort American)
(Courtesy: The Frankfort American) (Courtesy: The Frankfort American)

The Zeigler Fire Department says a fire truck was involved in a rollover crash on Tuesday morning, Aug. 11 while responding to a fire.

They say all six firefighters on board were taken to an area hospital.

According to the fire department, the truck captain was pinned until crews could arrive to remove her. She was flown via helicopter to a trauma center as a precaution.

They say all personnel involved have been treated and released.

Fire Chief Ryan Buckingham said on Friday, Aug. 14 on Facebook that although all have been released from the hospital, four firefighters are still under the care of medical staff for various injuries. He said those injuries range from contusions, strains and one fractured neck.

The truck captain, Kathie Flowers says although she is sore today, she's thankful her and her team are alive.

“You never think it’s going to happen to you but it did yesterday and like I said I was in good hands with all the people that were there helping," Flowers said. "So I was scared but then again I was comfortable knowing that I had a lot of good people helping me out.”

The fire department posted on Facebook that they are "beyond thankful for all of your prayers and support. We are especially thankful for our brothers and sisters in public safety who came to our rescue."

They said, "The community support and outpouring from our public safety brothers and sisters across the state has been a blessing. Thank you all again."

The fire truck was the only vehicle involved. Chief Buckingham said it will be evaluated by their insurance company to see if it will repaired or replaced.

He said although they are operating with only one engine, they know they can count on their mutual aid partners to help if a major fire emergency happens.

Buckingham said the city received the truck eight months ago, and put the lettering on the vehicle the day before the crash.

"Equipment can be replaced. We are just thankful that our most valuable assets are still with us today," he said.

According to the fire department, the truck was moving at a slow speed when the rollover happened. They say it appears that a section of the road gave way as the truck passed over an area with a culvert. This caused the rear of the truck to become unstable and it started to roll.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office will continue to investigate and determine the factors involved and the cause of the crash. The office stated the truck was carrying 1500 gallons of water and do not believe speed was a factor in the accident.

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