FAIR GROVE, Mo Two people are recovering tonight after a crash involving an Ebenezer fire truck that was responding to a call.
One man was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.
The Ebenezer fire truck was helping assist with a fire in Webster county, when they were told to help with a fire in northwest Greene county.
On the way, they were driving on highway CC in Fair Grove, when a man pulled out in front of them.
“A car pulled out in front of them and they hit them into, the vehicle that pulled out in front of them into another vehicle that was actually putting signs up against the guard rail. So a gentleman got pinned up against the guard rail and a pickup truck.” said Eric Higgins, the Fire Chief for the Fair Grove Fire Protection District.
The man hanging up the sign, Ronald McGilvray, was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.
The driver who pulled out in front of the fire truck, Dennis Hase, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
And despite the fire truck having its lights and sirens on, Hase still pulled out in front of it.
“There’s more cell phones, people are paying attention to phones, there’s more distractions on vehicles. But it’s not too bad of an issue but it’s getting there.” said Higgins.
The fire the truck was heading to was just west of Highway 13 on Farm Road 119.
“When our first units arrived here we had multiple vehicles involved, we also had a grass fire that was moving rather quickly. So they focused on the grass fire and the car fires.” said Micah Latch, Battalion Chief with the Ebenezer Fire Protection District.
Around four cars burned in the fire.
Eight crews worked to put the flames out, but had several challenges to deal with.
“Today our two biggest issues were just our limited resources and also just the terrain conditions out there today. Trucks were getting stuck today left and right and as quickly as we could pull them out they were getting stuck again.” said Latch.
The ground was soft due to the rain we have gotten from the past week, but the fire still burned strong.
“I was not aware of a high fire danger today. But any day has the potential to be a high fire danger day. It just takes that right ember in that right spot and you can end up with something like this very quickly.” said Latch.
The fire burned around three acres, but no homes were damaged.