Two Firefighters Hurt After Truck Rolls In Rutherford County
READYVILLE, Tenn. – Two firefighters with the Kittrell Fire Department were injured after the fire truck they were traveling in flipped over, trapping one of them inside.
Officials said the truck was responding to a call at the time. The driver lost control as they were responding to a fire.
It happened around 12:30 p.m. Friday on Kittrell Halls Hill Road in the Readyville area. No other vehicles were involved.
“They were responding to a structure fire on Halls Hill Pike. While the units were in route… from what I understand, (the driver) took his eyes off the road for a second and he dropped off into the ditch. Then he overcorrected and it started rolling on him,” said Chief Larry Farley from the Rutherford County Fire Department.
The driver and passenger were trapped under the fire truck. Emergency response crews were able to get to the driver quickly, but the passenger was trapped for around an hour.
One of the victims was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center here with injuries to his hand.
The driver was transported by ground ambulance to local hospital for precautionary treatment. Officials said he was up and walking around at the scene.
The second firefighter was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in non-critical condition. The public information officer for Rutherford County EMA, Randy White, said the firefighter had some sort of hand injury, but was expected to recover.
Officials have not released the identifications of the victims.
Crews from the Kittrell Fire Department, Rutherford County Fire Department, and Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene.