HOYT, Kan. (KSNT) — Hoyt firefighters and four fire apparatuses were on their way to a 4-H parade in Holton on Wednesday when a tragic accident occurred.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reports a Hoyt Firetruck, a 2004 Peterbuilt, was northbound just before 5:00 p.m. on U.S. Highway 75, south of 174th Road, when it blew a front tire. That caused the vehicle to leave the roadway to the left and cross the median. KHP says the truck crossed the southbound lanes of traffic, striking an embankment and overturning.
The Kansas Highway Patrol tells KSNT News Michael Schultz, a 47-year-old from Hoyt, was killed in the crash Wednesday night. A second person in the vehicle, 36-year-old Assistant Chief Randy Rae Smith, who is from Mayetta, was taken to Stormont Vail with injuries.
The Hoyt Fire Department said at 4:40 p.m. on Thursday that “Randy is doing better today with a possibility of being released from the hospital this afternoon or evening.”
The accident is still being investigated by KHP and no further information is available to the public at this time.
Chief Ed Kester said, “I would like to send out a thank you to all the local, state and national firefighter associations providing help and prayers.”
On Wednesday night, Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse posted on Facebook asking for prayers and stating that a “tragic accident” had occurred.