Firefighter injured in accident at Station No. 1

Ponca City Now - February 27, 2016 10:09 am

UPDATE: Friday at 5:29 p.m., as firefighters from a Station 1 were switching from an engine to the grass rig, an accident occurred.

Firefighter Lyle Crandall, 40, was exiting the passenger door of the engine on Fifth Street to be the spotter as the Engine was being backed into the bay.

The front tires were turned sharply and Crandall’s foot was caught by the front right tire on the engine.

He was transported by ambulance to Alliance Health Ponca City and then flown by helicopter to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Crandall was released and retuned back home overnight. He suffered injuries to his right ankle and foot.

His injuries will be re-evaluated next week.

Crandall has been with the Ponca City Fire Department for eight years and is a Lieutenant.

The round hay bales involved in the original fire call continue to smolder this morning in an open field in the area west of Lonnie between Union and Ash streets.


Ponca City Fire Lt. Lyle Crandall was injured Friday afternoon while responding to a grass fire.

Crandall and one other firefighter were on a special detail when the call came in. They had to respond back to Fire Station No. 1 at Fifth Street and Grand Avenue to pick up a brush pumper.

During this transfer, Crandall was accidentally run over by the front tires of the fire engine.

He received immediate treatment from the other Ponca City firefighters and was taken by ambulance to Alliance Health Ponca City, where the ambulance was met by a medical helicopter.

Crandall was flown immediately to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. He sustained traumatic injury to his left foot and leg as well as his right leg.

In an update Saturday morning from the Citizens Fire Academy , Crandall’s injuries include a broken foot, broken ankle and torn ligaments on his right leg.


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