Firefighting

Driver Injures Four Missouri Firefighters and Trooper Working Accident

Four firefighters and a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper are recovering after they were injured when a driver lost control on icy Interstate 70, reports kctv5.com.

Three Marshall firefighters suffered serious injuries, but are expected to recover. A fourth firefighter and the trooper suffered minor injuries, a spokesman for the Missouri Highway Patrol said.

The firefighters for the city of Marshall and troopers responded to a rollover crash on eastbound I-70 at mile marker 77 in Saline County about 4 p.m. Saturday, said Sgt. Collin Stosberg of MHP. While the first responders were working to clear the crash, a driver traveling west on I-70 lost control.

Stosberg said the driver was traveling too fast for conditions. The driver’s vehicle careened through the median and flew over a cable barrier and crashed a guardrail before striking the first crashed truck, which then hit the firefighters.

The trooper was injured while diving down an embankment to avoid the vehicle, Stosberg said.

Two firefighters were taken to the hospital in Marshall while two were rushed to University Hospital in Columbia.

Charges are expected to be filed against the driver once the investigation is completed. A Missouri Highway Patrol report identified the driver as Timothy D. Perez, 35, of Maryland Heights (MO).

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