Courier & Press Western Kentucky
August 17, 2004
ANTON, Ky. – An Anton Volunteer Fire Department member and his family were injured when a fire department tanker truck they were driving overturned. Anton Fire Chief Robert Newman said the wreck occurred about 5:45 p.m. Sunday on Frostburg Road, a mile north of Anton, as department member Joseph Johnson, 30, of Madisonville, Ky., was test-driving the truck. Its right front tire blew out, causing it to overturn, he said. Johnson’s wife, Lisa, 22, and their 2-year-old son, Bradley, were riding in the truck with him. Kentucky State Police reported Lisa Johnson and the child were thrown from the vehicle and Johnson was partially ejected. All were taken to Regional Medical Center at Madisonville where Joseph Johnson was treated and released Sunday. The hospital listed Lisa Johnson in fair condition Monday. Bradley was transported to Kosair Children’s Hospital at Louisville for treatment. The truck – formerly an Army deuce-and-a-half with a 1,000-gallon water tank the department, was received as surplus from the Kentucky Department of Forestry. It was a total loss from the wreck, Newman said. He said the department has two other tanker trucks. The trucks are driven routinely, the chief said, to keep them operating properly. The truck was not carrying a full load water when the accident occurred, he said.