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Monday, October 31, 2011

Deffenbaugh garbage truck crash in Miami County kills one, critically injures another

Posted: October 31, 2011 - 12:52pm
Updated: November 1, 2011 - 12:24pm

UPDATE:
The Miami County Sheriff's Office today says that the Deffenbaugh truck was traveling westbound on 223rd Street when it left the roadway and drove into a ditch, the truck then swerved back onto the road, the driver over corrected and crashed into the same ditch. While the victim's names have not been released, the Sheriff's Office says that the driver of the truck is expected to recover and the passenger of the truck was killed in the accident. Both had to be extricated from the truck after the crash.

Original Post:
The Miami County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatality accident at 223rd Street and Quivira Road, near Bucyrus. The accident is reported to have occurred just after 12:45 on Monday afternoon. Fire crews arriving on the scene reported the involved truck sustained "extremely heavy damage."

Emergency Dispatchers confirm that one truck was involved in the accident. That truck was occupied by two people. One is reported to be in critical condition and the other was pronounced deceased at the scene. Extensive extrication was required. A heavy rescue rig from the Overland Park Fire Department along with a "large tow truck" responded to the scene for additional assistance with extrication.

Crews were on scene for just over 1 hour and 10 minutes before the patient was fully extricated from the truck. During extrication, one firefighter is reported to have suffered an eye injury. That firefighter was transported to an area hospital for treatment, reported to be "hydraulic fluid" in the eye.

A LifeFlight Eagle helicopter responded to the scene and transported one patient to a Kansas City area trauma center.

A dispatcher advised that from the time the call was received until the extrication was completed, 1 hour and 34 minutes had elapsed.

Deffenbaugh Industries has confirmed, by phone, that one of their vehicle's was involved in the accident. That vehicle was assigned a two person crew, according to a spokesperson.

Fire services are provided to this area of Miami County by Johnson County Fire District No. 2. Emergency Medical transport services are provided my Miami County EMS.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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