Archive for Monday, February 6, 2006

Two firefighters injured

February 6, 2006

Two De Soto firefighters were injured Friday evening when a tanker fire truck rolled while they were on the way to a barn fire near the Douglas-Johnson County line.

The truck sustained severe damage to its cab.

The firefighters had just exited Kansas Highway 10 and turned north about 6 p.m. onto Evening Star Road. The truck crashed just north of the interchange about one mile south of the fire.

Wilder said officers believed water shifted inside the truck and caused the driver to lose control. The truck landed off the road on the west side.

The two firefighters were transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center by ambulance. The Johnson County Sheriff's Department is investigating the accident.

De Soto Fire Chief Kevin Ritter said the fire involved a barn, but details about any possible injuries were unavailable Friday night.

Gregg and Alayne Parrish made trips around De Soto Saturday to let people know they were doing OK-- but were just a little sore.

"You don't expect things like that to happen when you're going to help others," said Gregg Parrish, who now has three staples in his head.

The two were in a tanker truck full of 750 gallons of water. They were responding to a barn fire on Evening Star Road near the Douglas-Johnson County line.

As they turned right off the Kansas Highway 10 exit, Gregg Parrish lost control of the truck. It rolled over and off the road's west side. It landed on its wheels.

Emergency workers from Eudora and De Soto and officers with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office helped the two out of the vehicle. They were taken by ambulance to Overland Park Regional Medical Center and later released.

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