UPDATED: Fire truck flips on I-10
By Cassandra Favre and Dwayne Bremer
Jan 14, 2014, 18:31
Bayside FD's heavy rescue truck flipped Monday when responding to an accident on I-10
Rainy and wet conditions on Monday were responsible for at least half a dozen accidents in Hancock County, one of which involved a fire truck which was responding to one of the crashes, officials said.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Jason Gazzo said Monday that about 1:53 p.m. Monday, troopers were working several accidents on I-10 when it was notified that a fire truck had slid off the road and flipped near the 11-mile marker.
The vehicle, a "heavy rescue" truck from the Bayside Fire Department had been responding to an accident to assist the West Hancock Fire Department, officials said.
Apparently, Gazzo said, when the Bayside truck was approaching the accident scene, it hit a "wet spot" and slid off the road, causing it to flip on its side.
Witnesses said that traffic was backed up at the scene when the fire truck approached and another vehicle "darted out" causing the firemen to hit the breaks and then hydroplane.
Two firemen were inside the truck, but neither was seriously injured, officials said.
They were both taken to Hancock Medical Center as a precaution and later released, Bayside Fire Chief James Butcher said Monday. There was no update on the condition of the rescue truck by press time Tuesday.
Gazzo said MHP is investigating the accident.
Nobody was seriously injured in any of the accidents reported on Monday, officials said.