A volunteer firefighter trapped inside an overturned truck was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville with non-critical injuries after being freed.
It happened early Friday afternoon on Kittrell Halls Hill Road near Murfreesboro in neighboring Readyville as the firemen were en route to a fire.
Officials said Brenton Tyring, 24, was driving the 3,000 gallon water truck when he tried to honk his horn to alert drivers that he was approaching.
He then lost control of the truck while negotiating a curve and overcorrected before flipping twice.
“The getting there is just as dangerous as once you get to the scene,” explained Randy White with the Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Tyring was wearing his seat belt.
His passenger, firefighter Brandon Merlo, 22, was not. It is state law for firefighters to wear their seat belts while riding in fire engines.
Merlo was trapped in the truck for 45 minutes after his hand became stuck.
Both men were transported to area hospitals for treatment.
Merlo is stable and Tyring’s injuries are not life-threatening.
The accident remains under investigation.
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