After training on the equipment just the day before, Wentzville firefighters used newly-purchased hydraulic rescue tools to extricate two victims in a car crash late Wednesday night on Highway T.
The tools had just arrived at the fire department late last week, Assistant Chief John Schneider said. The department posted pictures of the new tools and firefighters training with them on their Facebook page on Tuesday.
Then, on Wednesday night, a head-on crash on Highway T quickly proved the worth of the new equipment and training.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 18-year-old Brianna N. Kelley of Marthasville was southbound on T just south of Route N in a Ford Ranger and attempted to pass a Kenworth tractor trailer driven by Anthony A. Glass, 48, of Troy. The Ranger struck a Ford Focus driven by Kayla Thompson, 25, of O’Fallon. Thompson’s car spun and then hit the trailer.
All three drivers were wearing safety belts. Glass was not injured, and two women are reported to be in serious but stable condition.
The new Hurst extrication tools had been recently purchased with money from capital improvement bonds that voters in fire district approved last August. The district was also able to build two new fire stations, add staff, purchase equipment, and provide training with the funds, Schneider said.