CLEAR SPRINGS- A Yalobusha County fire truck was wrecked and a fireman injured when the truck rolled over responding to a fire Thursday, Sept 4.
Billy Brooks, 29, of the Clear Springs community, was bruised in the crash but his injuries aren’t serious, according to Yalobusha County Fire Coordinator Frank Hyde. “He was wearing his full fire gear and his seat belt,” Hyde said.
Brooks, who has been a member of the Clear Springs Volunteer Fire Department for about a year, was responding to a fire on CR 139 about 1:12 p.m. when the crash occurred. Brooks was the only person in the vehicle.
Hyde said that Brooks had just left the station on CR 186 and had only traveled about a half-mile when the left front tire went down and caused the truck to pull to the left.
“He tried to correct,” Hyde said. “He went into the ditch on the right side of the road. When he brought it back up is when it flipped. The truck ended up on its top.”
The 1982 Ford 8000 series truck was the department’s number one pumper. “They have another older truck that they will be using as back up,” said Hyde. “Some of the equipment that was on the truck was also damaged including a generator.”
The Clear Springs volunteers were providing mutual aid to the Skuna Valley volunteers who were already on the scene of the double-wide mobile home fire in the southeastern part of the county, Hyde said.
The fire severely damaged one room, but the remainder of the home was saved with mainly some smoke damage. The Coffeeville and Velma Fire Departments also provided mutual aid.