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UPDATE: Tanker Truck Overturns; Firefighter in Critical Condition

By: Anna Baxter; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: Anna Baxter; Andrew Colegrove Email

UPDATE 9/26/12 @ 10 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A dangerous accident left a long-time firefighter seriously injured and in the hospital.

David Massey has served on the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department since 1977.

"Just thank goodness, it could have been a fatal accident," Chief Jim Hodges said. "This is a big loss to me. He and I are just like brothers."

Chief Hodges says Massey has shown a lot of improvement in the ICU at Charleston General but has likely gone out on his last call.

Massey was flown to the hospital after the tanker truck he was driving overturned on Route 3 as he responded to a house fire Tuesday morning.

"He's talking pretty well,” Hodges said. “He's still banged up quite a bit. He's going to be down for a good while. He's got numerous injuries internal-wise. He'll pull through, as strong as David is."

Massey has also worked his whole life as a coal miner. He's gone by the nickname 'Moose' since he was a child.

"You can't beat him,” Hodges said. “He's always very cheerful."

Since the accident the department and Massey's family have received tremendous support, getting phone calls from departments from surrounding states.

"As we've seen in the past few weeks, the band of brothers amongst the law enforcement community, it stands the same in the fire service as well,” Assistant Fire Chief David Hodges said. “We all join together as a band of brothers."

The cause of the accident has not been determined. There’s no word yet on when Massey will be released from the hospital.



UPDATE 9/25/12 @ 1:30 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A firefighter from Boone County remains in critical condition after he was hurt responding to an early morning house fire.

The fire chief with the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department tells WSAZ.com David "Moose" Massey, 54, was driving a water tanker on Route 3 when it overturned.

Massey is a 35-year veteran of the department.

Firefighters say the accident happened while Massey was responding to a house fire on Woodrow Hendricks Drive in Orgas.

Massey was flown to CAMC General in Charleston.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE @ 8:35 a.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A firefighter is in critical condition after the water tanker he was driving overturned in Boone County early Tuesday morning.

The accident was reported just before 8 a.m. Tuesday along Route 3 in Sylvester.

Firefighters say the accident happened while the firefighter was responding to a house fire on Woodrow Hendricks Drive in Orgas.

The firefighter was flown to CAMC General in Charleston. His name has not been released.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department and the State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating what caused the tanker to overturn.

It was carrying 2200 gallons of water at the time of the accident.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking WSAZ.com for updates.



UPDATE @ 8:35 a.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A tanker truck responding to a fire in Boone County overturned early Tuesday morning.

The accident was reported just before 8 a.m. Tuesday along Route 3 in Sylvester.

Boone County Sheriff Rodney Miller tells WSAZ.com a tanker truck with the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department was responding to a fire in Orgas when it overturned. Orgas is just about five miles west of Whitesville.

The firefighter was flown to the hospital, but his condition is unknown, according to the sheriff.

Route 3 is closed in Sylvester.

No other information is being released at this time.

We have a crew headed to the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One person was flown to the hospital after an accident in Boone County.

The accident was reported just before 8 a.m. Tuesday along Route 3 in Sylvester.

Boone County 911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com a tanker truck was involved and one person is being flown to the hospital.

No other details are being released at this time.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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