Firefighter hurt after fire truck flips
Wed, 04 Mar 2009 21:07:32 GMT —
A Boone County firefighter was sent to the hospital after rolling her fire engine into a ditch.
Volunteer firefighter Samantha Lamp lost control of her fire truck just south of Harrisburg on Highway J on Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities do not know the extent of her injuries but they did say Lamp complained of head and neck pain.
Lamp was wearing her seatbelt when her truck rolled over one and a half times while she was on her way to fight a natural cover fire.
A firefighter from another truck responding to the same call helped pull Lamp from the wreckage as it was on fire.Lamp was the only person in the truck that crashed.
Anytime you have an accident like this, our primary focus is obviously on the health and welfare and the safety of our firefighter that was involved," said Assistant Chief Gale Blomenkamp. "We take from these types of incidents a learning opportunity that we will distribute throughout the fire district.
The burnt fire engine was a total loss but was insured for $190,000. The replacement cost of the engine is about $300,000.
A replacement truck has been assigned to station four in Harrisburg.