A firetruck flipped on the way to a call Friday morning, killing one firefighter and injuring two others.
According to Lauderdale County Coroner Clay Cobler, firefighters with the Meridian Fire Department were responding to a call when their truck clipped a bridge, ran off the road and rolled over.
Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler said one of the firefighters, a 40-year-old male, was killed on impact. He was pronounced dead on scene at 9:09 a.m., Cobler said.
The name of the victims are not yet being released, pending family notification.
Two firefighters were transported from the scene. One was flown to Jackson, Cobler said. He was unsure where the other firefighter was transported.
According to Sergent Darreall Thompson with the Meridian Police Department, his officers responded to the call around 9 a.m. Friday.
Thompson referred all other questions to the Meridian Fire Department but said the accident was a “difficult time.”
“It’s a difficult time for the whole city but especially or the families of the fire department,” he said. “Fire, police, we’re all family because we serve this community.”
Meridian Mayor Percy Blair said the city was in a state of mourning, calling the accident a “tragic situation.”
“It’s not a good day for Meridian,” Blair said. “You never want to get a call like what happened today. Our community is in prayer.”