UPDATE: 06/20/17 03:36 p.m.– At approximately 6:00 p.m., Monday, June 19, 2017, reports are indicating that Jeffrey Sanders, 55, and Jacob Hayward, 33, were responding to reports of a tree on fire along State Highway E when they were both trapped underneath their truck due to oncoming traffic.
The fire truck was allegedly blocking southbound lanes when both Sanders and Hayward were packing up gear from the fire response. The incident occurred when a vehicle yielded to the emergency vehicle and slowed down.
That caused a chain reaction of events and ultimately sent the fire truck down a steep embankment trapping the two firefighters underneath and killing Sanders.
The Missouri Fire Services Funeral Assistance Team has stated it will help the Mayview Fire Protection District make arrangements for memorial services.
UPDATE: 06/20/17 9:21 A.M. — The accident occurred when a vehicle operated by Jerry W. Shier, 59, of Higginsville, ran into the rear of a vehicle parked on the side of the road operated by 38-year-old Mayview resident Jeffrey Vorwark. This caused Vorwark’s vehicle to strike a third vehicle, which was part of the Mayview Fire Department’s fleet. The third vehicle then struck Sanders and Hayward. They became entrapped under the fire department vehicle as it tumbled down an embankment.
UPDATE: 06/20/17, 12:00 a.m. — According to a Highway Patrol crash report, Mayview firefighters were responding to reports of a fire yesterday evening when they became victims of a crash. The report indicates two vehicles were stopped in the roadway when a third vehicle collided with them on southbound Route E in Lafayette County.
The firefighters, Jefferey Sanders, 55, and Jacob Hayward, 33, both of Mayview, were caught underneath an unoccupied vehicle which traveled down an embankment. Sanders was killed during the incident. Hayward was taken to Research Medical Center with serious injuries.
LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Mo. — Numerous calls were received by KMZU News from listeners late Monday afternoon, June 19, 2017, reporting a possible fatality accident near Mayview involving members of the local fire department.
Corporal Kim Davis, Public Information Officer with the Missouri State Highway Patrol returned our phone call and confirmed the accident.
Corporal Davis could not give out identities of those involved, but did confirm the pedestrians were firefighters with the Mayview department working a fire at the scene.
KMZU News will bring you more information as it becomes available. Click below to hear the full conversation with Corporal Davis.