Ohio firefighter's leg pinned under apparatus after rollover crash

Fellow Middleport crewmembers used airbags to lift the engine and free the firefighter, who suffered fractures

By Leila Merrill

MIDDLEPORT, Ohio — A Middleport Fire Department firefighter’s leg became pinned under the apparatus after a rollover crash Sunday night, WSAZ/Gray News reported.

Chief Jeff Darst said the crewmembers were returning from a fire call when the engine rolled over the side of a hill, ejecting the driver, 72, from the vehicle and pinning his leg under the apparatus.

Fellow firefighters used airbags to lift the engine and pull the firefighter out.

The injured crewmember was transported by air ambulance to a hospital. He suffered fractures to his lower leg and had surgery Monday.

Darst described him as a “tough old bird,” and expects him to continue serving after his recovery.

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