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Pickens Fire Truck Accident

Three volunteer firefighters suffered injuries when their truck overturned on the way to a call. They were heading to a house fire in Pickens County, just before 5 this morning.

Three members of the Pumpkintown Fire Department were on the truck when it overturned. The wreck happened on Pleasant Grove Road near Moody Bridge Road. Highway Patrol troopers say 64-year-old Mickey Thomas was driving the tanker when he swerved to avoid a deer, flipping the truck into the woods around a curve on the road. Rescuers had to use extrication equipment to get one of the firefighters out of the truck. He was flown to the hospital and the other two men went by ambulance, but all of the firefighters were alert and talking when they were transported.

"They're special people," said Bill Alexander, chairman of the board of the Pumpkintown Fire Department. "Any time they go to a fire, or get in the truck like this morning, they don't know if they're gonna make it through. Their life could be gone."

The 2,000-gallon tanker was purchased in 2001, according to Alexander, and it was the main tanker used by the department. They have others, but will need backup help from nearby fire departments to help cover the area.

The last truck purchased by the department was  2-3 years ago for approximately $265,000. Pumpkintown FD has 8 trucks in total, including the tanker involved in today's accident.

Pickens Co. Risk Manager Michael Hayes said the tanker is a total loss.

"It's totaled, not gonna be fixed," said Hayes. "We're in the process with the insurance company to get another one as soon as possible."


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