VIDEO: A volunteer firefighter is recovering from surgery after being injured while working a scene on I-40 Monday night. Captain Ted Presgraves with the Tennessee City Volunteer Fire Department suffered a leg injury after officials say a U-Haul driver plowed into their tanker near mile marker 155.
“It doesn’t take much for somebody to be in a life or death situation that’s out there risking their lives,” explained firefighter Luke Williams with the Tennessee City Volunteer Fire Department.
That was the case around 9:30 a.m. Monday as Williams said around a dozen personnel from multiple agencies worked a tanker truck fire — many volunteers. “We don’t want to die while we are out on the interstate trying to work an accident,” stated Williams.
Captain Presgraves was working the pump panel when Williams said the driver of a U-Haul van — later identified as 78-year-old Samuel Farmer — came full speed through the closed lane.