Trooper Robert Purdy
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 7, Richmond
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Boyle County Crash Injures Four Firefighters
Date of News Release: 04/21/2011
(Danville, Ky.) -- Four Boyle County firefighters were injured after a two-vehicle collision on Ky 52, approximately two miles east of Danville. On Thursday, Apr. 21, at approximately 10:12 a.m. a Boyle County Fire and Rescue tanker truck being operated by Lt. Jim Harris, was responding to a possible chimney fire at a residence on Lancaster Road. Harris apparently lost control of the vehicle in a curve and partially ran off the roadway. Harris attempted to regain control, but the truck travelled into the westbound lane, where it struck a pickup truck being operated by Kenneth Runyon of Danville. The tanker then overturned on it's side and slid to a stop, where it blocked both lanes of travel. Two of the four firefighters had to be extricated from the tanker truck. The four were transported to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, where they were treated for minor injuries and released. Runyon was not injured. The KSP was assisted by Boyle County Fire and Rescue, Danville Fire Department, Danville Police Department, Boyle County Sheriff's Office and several firefighters from Perryville and Junction City. Garrard County Fire and Rescue, and another crew from the Boyle County Fire and Rescue were able to respond to the original report of a chimney fire. The collision remains under investigation by Trooper Bobby Amon.