ONCE AGAIN: SEAT BELTS SAVE MORE FIREFIGHTERS THIS MORNING-APPARATUS CRASH IN THE OZARKS (MISSOURI)

Monday, November 25, 2013 Two firefighters from the Sparta Fire Protection District were hospitalized when the fire truck they were in ran off the side of the road while responding to a structure fire early this morning.

FF’s J.N. Cloyd, 19, of Ozark, and Jason L. Stephens, 29, of Sparta, suffered moderate injuries when the fire truck they were riding in was involved in the crash on Highway JJ, four miles east of Ozark, at 12:05 a.m. today.

The truck drove off the right side of the road, overcorrected and then ran off the left side of the road, striking a ditch, fences and two trees before coming to rest in a field. Stephens is listed as the driver; both men were wearing seat belts. The fire truck suffered moderate damage – men were taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield.

While the highway patrol’s crash report only indicates two people in the vehicle, a post on the Sparta Fire Protection District’s Facebook page states that three of their firefighters were involved in the accident, and that two were taken to the hospital with “minor” injuries.

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