Three Plum Grove firefighters responding to an emergency Sunday afternoon were involved in a single-vehicle accident that ended with the tanker truck they were in being rolled over.
According to Sgt. Rob Willoughby, supervisor for the Liberty County office of Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident occurred at 4:23 p.m. on CR 5000.
“The vehicle left the roadway on the south shoulder and the driver overcorrected, which caused the truck to overturn,” said Willoughby. “It landed on its roof with three firefighters inside.”
The driver, James Autrey, and two 17-year-old passengers, who are members of the Plum Grove VFD’s junior firefighter program, all suffered minor cuts and scrapes but were otherwise in good condition, Willoughby said.
When asked if a mechanical problem with the vehicle was to blame for the crash, Willoughby said the investigation is looking into whether driver inattentiveness or a problem with the rear axle of the tanker played a part in the crash.
Plum Grove Fire Chief Chris Loftin says he spoke to Autrey immediately after the crash and was told that the tanker truck appears to have had a mechanical problem.