Fire truck, log truck collide, two dead

Dec. 10, UPDATE– Hardin County Mayor Kevin Davis is requesting that all flags over county buildings be flown at half-staff from sunrise Dec.10 until sunset Dec.13 in honor of Gus Losleben, the Hardin County firefighter killed while responding to a fire on Tuesday.

Dec. 10, UPDATE– The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified the driver of the log truck who was killed as Christopher Durham, 30, of Booneville, Mississippi. He was a father of three young children and had served in the U.S. military.

According to Trooper Charlie Childers, the Hardin County Fire Department tanker truck carrying 2,000 gallons of water crossed the center line in a curve on Holland Creek Road and struck the loaded log truck head-on.

Dec. 9, UPDATE– Hardin County volunteer firefighter Gus Losleben, 69, died this afternoon of injuries sustained in the crash.

Dec. 9– The head-on collision of a loaded log truck and Hardin County Fire Department tanker claimed the life of the truck driver and critically injured a firefighter, authorities said.

The incident occurred this morning around 10:30.

Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin said District 6 (Olivet-Walkertown) volunteer Gus Losleben, a four year veteran of the department, was driving the tanker to a fully involved house fire in the Walnut Grove community.

Losleben was headed west on Holland Creek Road toward the two-story home when he collided head-on with an eastbound log truck. The firefighter was airlifted to the Memphis Med after being extricated from the obliterated vehicle.

Martin described Losleben’s condition as “extremely critical.”

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Charlie Childers said the still unidentified driver of the log truck was killed instantly.


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