On Saturday, July 12 at approximately 12:41 a.m., Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C responded to an accident involving a 2004 Dodge Neon driven by Dillon B. Barber, 20, of Elsberry.
According to the crash report, Barber was driving westbound on Brownsmill Road in Elsberry.
Barber was driving too fast for the road and other conditions and lost control.
This caused the vehicle to travel off of the roadway and strike a tree.
Barber’s vehicle then returned to the roadway and caught fire.
“Barber’s vehicle was in flames when we arrived,” said Elsberry Fire Chief Kevin Hailey. “The car was extinguished and we assisted the medics with the patient. We were probably on the scene for about an hour.”
In their effort to assist Barber two of Hailey’s fellow firefighters narrowly escaped serious harm themselves.
“A magnesium wheel exploded,” said Hailey. “When a magnesium wheel explodes it ejects small particles of magnesium and expels them at a high rate. It burned through the outer shell of two turnout coats and embedded itself into the SCBA [Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus] mask of one of the firefighters. However, because they were wearing appropriate gear they were not harmed.”
Barber suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph Hospital West by Lincoln County Ambulance.
Barber’s vehicle was totaled and was towed from the accident scene by Jackson’s Towing of Elsberry.