Mo. Fire Trucks Collide, Five Firefighters Injured

Five firefighters suffered serious injuries this morning when their two fire trucks crashed head-on in rural Platte County.

One firefighter was flown to a hospital. The others were taken by ambulance. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, said Capt. Erik Holland with the Platte County Sheriff's Department.

The firefighters from the Central Platte Fire Protection District, which is staffed by volunteers, were responding to an electrical fire on a deck to a residence about 4:10 a.m. They collided in the 15000 block of Missouri HH, about two miles east of Platte City, Holland said.

The crash occurred as one of the fire trucks had missed the driveway to the house because of darkness. The fire truck turned around and was headed back toward the house when it crashed with the other truck, Holland said.

Both trucks, which were severely damaged in the crash, were responding out of Platte City, he said.

Camden Point Fire Protection District responded on a mutual aid call and extinguished the fire.

Missouri HH east of Platte City is closed and will remain closed while the crash is investigated, Holland said.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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