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Back-to-back crashes in North County injure five, including Spanish Lake firefighter

Back-to-back crashes in North County injure five, including Spanish Lake firefighter

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SPANISH LAKE — Icy conditions on Highway 367 Monday led to back-to-back crashes that sent five people to the hospital, including a firefighter responding to the first crash. 

Fire crews from the Spanish Lake and Black Jack fire protection districts arrived at a two-car crash about 1:20 p.m. on southbound Highway 367 near Redman Road, said Black Jack battalion chief Dave Parker.

Within minutes of crews arriving, a pickup truck towing a trailer full of lumber came over the hill and appeared to lose control on the icy road, Parker said. 

The truck hit a Spanish Lake fire truck, before spinning out and hitting the original crash, Parker said. 

Black Jack crash

A Spanish Lake firefighter and four others were taken to a hospital with injuries Monday afternoon on Highway 367 after a pickup carrying lumber slid into a crash scene. Photo via the Black Jack Fire Protection District.

Five people were taken to a hospital with injuries from the crashes, Parker said,  including a Spanish Lake firefighter who had non-life threatening injuries. 

Authorities could not immediately say how severely the others were injured. 

St. Louis County police warned Monday afternoon that the overpasses in the area around southbound 367 had been frozen over since about 1:30 p.m. The southbound lanes of the highway were still closed about 3:45 p.m. 

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