UPDATE (11:54 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19): The family of the driver says he was hospitalized with a broken ankle. He has also already gone through one surgery and a second surgery has been scheduled for later this week.

13 News also learned that he is a well-respected former fire chief out of Lancaster, Ohio and was doing consulting work, training new firefighters in the area when this happened.

The family also says it is believed the truck slid off the road and proceeded to flip four times before the driver was ejected and pinned under the front of the truck.

Before crews arrived on the scene, some local neighbors stepped in to help. Austin Beck, who lives just down the road, realized what happened and was worried the driver was severely hurt or worse.

Beck found the driver was still conscious and was able to flag down other fire engines traveling through the area. He then attempted to lift the truck by pulling it with a tractor and garbage truck before additional crews got on scene.

The crews then used airbags to lift the truck and rescue the driver.


UPDATE (3:09 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19): The injured firefighter is currently undergoing surgery for a broken leg, according to Middleport Fire Department chief Jeff Darst.


MIDDLEPORT, OH (WOWK)—A fire engine was involved in a roll-over crash in Cheshire Township in Ohio on Sunday.

The Middleport Fire Department said that Engine 13 rolled over on Storys Run Road, and the driver was ejected and pinned under the front of the truck.

They say that airbags were used to lift the truck and rescue the driver. The driver was flown to Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus with “disabling” injuries.