Michigan Firefighter Ejected in Tanker Rollover

Posted: 01-05-2009
Updated: 01-05-2009 09:48:02 AM

Courtesy of WOOD-TV

ANTWERP TOWNSHIP., Mich. -- A firefighter was injured on Sunday morning when the fire tanker he was riding in rolled over.

Police say the accident happened at 8:30 Sunday morning near the intersection of CR657 and 66th Avenue in Antwerp Township.

The tanker was driving north on CR 657 when the truck's 26-year-old driver, from Lawton, lost control of the vehicle on the icy roadway. The tanker veered to the left, hit an embankment and rolled over.

The driver, who was wearing his seatbelt, was taken to Bronson Hospital where he was treated and released.

The 21-year-old passenger in the truck was not wearing his seat belt, and sustained several injuries in the crash, including a broken jaw, a possible broken nose, a punctured left leg and other injuries to his legs, lungs, and neck along with numerous cuts and bruises.

He was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled over.

The passenger bas been admitted to the trauma unit and is listed in serious condition.

The driver of the truck was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

Republished with permission of WOOD-TV.