2 firefighters injured in rollover wreck released from hospital

2 firefighters injured in rollover wreck released from hospital

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Two firefighters have been released from the hospital following a rollover wreck involving a firetruck.

New London Fire Chief Curtis Riley said Thursday that two firefighters were released from the hospital with minor injuries. One firefighter remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit.

Riley said that he spoke with another member of the department this morning who said the injured firefighter is in good spirits.

The three were injured while responding to a fire about 10 p.m. Wednesday night on FM 850, between Texas 42 and FM 2012.

The New London Volunteer Fire Department was headed to a grass fire in a water-tender vehicle, according to the Rusk County Office of Emergency Management.

It is unclear what led to the wreck at this time.

Riley could not say what caused the wreck, but said once the wheels of the water truck went off the side of the road, the water in the truck's container shifted, causing the truck to flip.

The firefighters had to be extricated from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the crash.

Responding agencies included the Overton Fire Department, Kilgore Fire Department, Crims Chapel Volunteer Fire Department, Champion EMS, Rusk County Sheriffs Office, Sabine Fire and Rescue personnel, and the New London Police Department.

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