By Melody Pettit (BROOKVILLE, Kan.)
A Brookville family says it was the swift action of emergency crews that saved their 8-year old daughter. The second grader was in a car crash, a power pole caught the truck on fire, and emergency crews only had minutes for a rescue.
Monday morning, Sara Byerley got the call no parent ever wants to get.
"It's scary, that's the only words that I can describe it, just so scary," Sara said.
Her 8-year-old daughter, Brianna had been in a car accident. The driver was a family friend, 41-year old Angela Ptacek. She was driving Brianna to school, but they never made it.
"I saw the truck in the ditch fully engulfed in flames," said Ellsworth Fire Chief Bob Kepka.
Emergency crews say the driver lost control; the truck struck a culvert, went airborne and hit a brick building that enclosed a Kanopolis water supply well.
"It knocked the east wall all the way down so now we're rebuilding it. Hopefully we'll have it rebuilt by Friday," said Kanopolis City Maintenance Supervisor Daniel Stroede.