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UPDATED: Firefighters hurt in truck roll over released from hospital

Published On: Jul 17 2013 07:39:59 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 17 2013 07:51:03 PM EDT

A Bedford County fire department is making adjustments, after losing one of its most important fire fighting tools. A volunteer squad in Forest crashed one of its pumper trucks on the way to a fire this morning.


WDBJ7 has learned that all of the firefighters involved in Wednesday morning's truck roll over have been released from the hospital.

Bedford County Fire & Rescue says Forest Volunteer Fire Company's Pumper 5 was responding to a structure fire at 16522 Wyatts Way on Wednesday just after 6:30 a.m.

Six firefighters were on board when their truck was involved in a single vehicle wreck on New London Road. That led to the truck overturning.  Four of the firefighters had non-life threatening injuries, two additional firefighters were taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The home on Wyatts Way in Huddleston was a one story home, and when fire department responders arrived they found flames showing from the rear and roof. The home was described as a total loss. Two adults have nowhere to live as a result of the fire, which has been ruled accident due to an electrical system malfunction.

The American Red Cross is providing financial assistance to the two residents who lived on Wyatts Way, which was the call the injured firefighters were responding to.

Virginia State Police say investigation of the fire truck accident is ongoing.


Six Forest volunteer firefighters were injured when the fire truck they were riding in Wednesday morning overturned.

Six firefighters were onboard the truck around 6:30 a.m. when it tipped over on New London Road, near Forest. All of the firefighters’ injuries are described as non-life threatening. Two of the firefighters have already been released from the hospital.

The firefighters are being treated at Lynchburg General Hospital. They were responding to a structure fire at 16522 Wyatts Way when the accident happened.

No other vehicles were involved.

Virginia State Police have released the names of the firefighters on the truck.

All six of them are from Forest.

Monty Coleman, 40, was the driver.

The passengers were: Adrian Blazejewicz, 28; Jared Staton, 24; Brad Ellis, 26; Zach Coleman, 18; and a 17-year-old.

Staton is a Virginia State Police trooper.

Virginia State Police say the investigation is ongoing.