3 injured, 1 critical, in ice bucket challenge accident

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Three Campbellsville firefighters were injured when a fire truck's aerial ladder came in contact with a main power line at Campbellsville University at 11:42 A.M. on Thursday, Aug. 21, police said.

According to reports from WHAS11's Reed Yadon, two firefighters were airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital and another firefighter was treated at Taylor Regional Hospital.

U of L Hospital sources confirm that one firefighter remains in critical condition, while the other has been upgraded from serious condition to fair. Both victims are currently being treated in the hospital's burn unit. A third injured firefighter was treated at Taylor Regional Hospital with unknown injuries.

According to the president of Campbellsville University, Michael Carter, the marching band was being sprayed with water, for an "ice bucket challenge" by the Campbellsville Fire Department on one of the university's athletic fields.

Tyler Arterburn, resident director at the university, said there will be a prayer vigil at Stapp Lawn on campus at 7 p.m.

Power was out for a brief time in Campbellsville, but has since been restored.

Campbellsville University released the following statement on their website; it reads in part: Campbellsville University is asking for prayers for two Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department firefighters who have been seriously injured on the campus of Campbellsville University.

"We express heartfelt sympathy and prayers for the families of the two firefighters who were injured," Dr. Michael V. Carter, president, said.


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