MARIPOSA COUNTY — There are dangers involved in firefighting that have nothing to do with the flames, as was evidenced this morning when a crash involving a fire engine on the Detwiler Fire resulted in one firefighter being airlifted to the hospital.
ABC30 has identified the injured firefighter as Captain Jeremy Owens of Selma, who was ejected from his engine when it missed a curve and hit a tree trunk.
The accident happen at about 10 a.m. this morning on Highway 140 near Mt. Bullion Cutoff Road.
Owens was treated at the scene and then airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center with minor injuries and was listed in stable condition.
Selma Fire Chief Michael Kaine told ABC30’s Gene Haagenson that he has spoken to the Capt. Owens, he is in good spirits, and was able to return home at about 1:30 p.m. today.
Owens was the only firefighter injured in the accident, and he was not driving the truck.