Rural firefighter dies in crash with son

Rural firefighter dies in crash with son

3 January 2009

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USA — A rural firefighter was killed Saturday afternoon after being involved in a head-on collision with his son as they fought to extinguish a grass fire, officials said.

Firefighter John C. Myers, 61, of Pittsburg was driving a Wesley Fire Department truck south on a county road 13 miles east of U.S. 69 in Atoka County at 3:20 p.m. when he collided with Juston Myers, 31, of Pittsburg, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Details of the grass fire were unavailable.

OHP reported the two were fighting a grass fire and collided due to heavy smoke.

Although the OHP reported the collision occurred in Atoka County, the Atoka County Sheriff’s Department said the crash happened in Pittsburg County.

John C. Myers was trapped in the vehicle for more than 1½ hours.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Juston Myers, who was driving a 2000 Ford pickup truck, suffered trunk and external injuries and was treated at the scene, OHP said.

Juston Myers’ passenger, Clayton Rice, 30, of Pittsburg, was taken to a nearby hospital with head, leg and arm injuries, troopers said.

Seat belts were not in use in either vehicle, troopers said.

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