PLATTE CITY, MO – Five volunteer firefighters were seriously injured when two fire trucks were involved in a head-on collision. The volunteer firefighters were from the Central Platte Fire Protection District. Platte City, Missouri is located about 31 miles south of St Joseph and about 24 miles northwest of Kansas City.
The accident occured on Monday, May 9, about 4:10 a.m. when the firefighters were responding to a residential electrical fire on the deck of a house.
By Monday afternoon, two of the Central Platte Fire Protection District firefighters had been released from the hospital, according to the Platte County sheriff’s office. They were identified as Kevin Burge and Al Ryan.
The three others — Kent Pine, Carl Foreman and Chief Larry Bigus — remained hospitalized. Their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, said Capt. Erik Holland with the sheriff’s office.
In the darkness, the first truck missed the house’s driveway. The truck turned around and was headed back toward the house when it collided with the other truck in the 15000 block of Missouri HH, about two miles east of Platte City, Holland said.
Both trucks were severely damaged. The accident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s department.
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