Missouri Firefighters Hurt in Fire Truck Wreck

The Sparta Fire Protection District firefighters were wearing seat belts.


Two seat-belted Missouri firefighters suffered minor injuries early Monday in a fire truck wreck.

J.N. Cloyd, 19, of Ozark, and Jason L. Stephens, 29, with the Sparta Fire Protection District, were responding to a structure fire when the crash occurred, according to The News-Leader.

The truck drove off the right side of the road, and Stephens over-corrected causing the rig ran off the left side of the road, striking a ditch, fences and two trees before coming to rest in a field, the paper reported quoting the Missouri Highway Patrol.

 Both men were taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield.

The fire truck suffered moderate damage.

Although the police report listed only two occupants, the Sparta Fire Protection District posted this to its Facebook page: "Three of our firefighters were involved in an accident tonight while responding to a house fire. Two of them were transported to Cox South with minor injuries. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery."