A wildland firefighting rig crashed Friday morning when a deer ran into the convoy’s path, causing the truck to do an end-over-end flip. All but one of the eight firefighters were released from the hospital Saturday.
A group of fire trucks were traveling in a caravan near Cedarville when the crash occurred.
“It flipped from the backside over and did a complete 360, flipped in the air and landed in the opposite direction westbound back on its tires,” Robert Cummings, a witness who was driving toward the fire trucks when the crash occurred, told KRCRTV.
“My first thought was get out and see what happened, but by then there were so many first responders and EMTs because of the multiple fire crews in town. They were on sight immediately.”
The truck that crashed was at the back of the convoy that halted for the deer. The driver was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the rig in front of it and drove up an embankment, which flipped the truck.
Three of the firefighters were airlifted by helicopter.