City fire trucks damaged in accident

Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 05:01 PM.

Residents wanting to be added to the list for assistance should call the county Emergency Management Office at 638-6203.

The council also heard from Fire Chief Tim Barnes that the city’s two fire trucks, the tanker and the engine, were involved in an accident Sunday night.

Barnes said the two trucks were on their way to a car fire in Ebro when the fire engine started to skid in the rain after braking to avoid a vehicle which had suddenly stopped in front of the truck in the roadway.

“They didn’t pull over, they just hit the brakes when they saw us,” Barnes said.

The fire engine turned sideways on Highway 79, and the tanker truck was unable to stop and struck the fire engine.

Barnes said he would be surprised if the fire engine was not totaled by the insurance company.

Barnes also said they were very lucky in that no other vehicles were involved in the accident and no one was seriously injured.

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