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2 Mo. firefighters injured in fire truck crash; 1 ejected

One Preston Volunteer Fire Department crewmember was discharged from the hospital, but the chief’s son, Firefighter Jared Bennett, will need surgery

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By Leila Merrill

PRESTON, Mo. — Two firefighters en route to a fire were injured Saturday after they drove off the road to avoid oncoming traffic and wound up crashing into a culvert.

The driver was ejected from the fire truck, KY3 reported. Both were transported to a hospital.

Chief Brian Bennett with the Preston Volunteer Fire Department announced on Facebook Sunday that the passenger was Firefighter John Sanchez, and the driver was his son, Firefighter Jared Bennett.

Sanchez suffered minor injuries and likely a concussion. He was released from the hospital Saturday.

Firefighter Bennett remains hospitalized and will need surgery to reconstruct his rib cage and sternum, according to the chief’s post. He also suffered a pulmonary contusion and has been placed on a ventilator.