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Phillips County deputy injured saving 2 children after fiery crash

Published: Nov. 4, 2020 at 9:41 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 5, 2020 at 9:41 PM CST
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PHILLIPS COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) - What started as a stop to assist a disabled vehicle on Highway 383 turned into a hectic scene from which a Phillips County deputy suffered an injury and saved two children from a burning vehicle.

The Phillips County Sheriff’s Office said at about 5:10 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 4, 2020), Deputy John Miner stopped to assist with the disabled vehicle. While out of his patrol car, a semi-truck ran into the back of the deputy’s vehicle, sending it into the ditch. The semi then hit two other vehicles in front of the patrol car. The sheriff’s office said both vehicles in front of the patrol car then caught fire and the semi continued west, entered the ditch past the other vehicles and also caught fire.

“Deputy Miner suffered minor burns when he rescued two children from one of the burning vehicles," the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office said.

He entered the vehicle and cut the 2-year-old boy out of his car seat and handed him to one of the adults who was able to get out of the truck under their own power. Deputy Miner then reached across the seat and cut a 4-year-old girl out of her car seat.

“As Miner was removing the child, he realized his trousers were on fire and placed the child on the ground and attempted to extinguish the flames,” the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office said. "One of the adults assisted Deputy Miner and smothered the flames.

Desyre Anderson says her brother was one of the men involved in the crash says their family is ok and they are just glad the deputy was there to help.

“I will never be able to repay him," said Anderson.

The sheriff’s office said Miner was transported to Phillips County Hospital before being referred to another facility for treatment of his injuries.

“Of the nine victims involved, Deputy Miner is the only one to suffer injuries,” the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Phillips County EMS, The Phillipsburg Rural Fire Department and the Long Island Fire Department (Phillips County Rural Fire Department 2) responded to the scene.

“We’re grateful for the quick response of EMS, Fire, KDOT and KHP, and that there was no loss of life,” the sheriff’s office said.

A GoFundMe campaign is established to help the family who lost their truck and possessions in it that include money, diapers formula and car seats.

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