BREAKING NEWS: LODD in Hardin County, TN Tanker Crash


A  Hardin County District 6 firefighter was killed this morning following a crash with a log truck. According to media reports, the firefighter was responding to a fully involved fire in a tanker when the tanker collided head-on with a log truck. The driver of the log truck was pronounced dead on-scene, and the firefighter was flown to Memphis, where he later died.

The Hardin County Fire Department has now posted on social media confirming the accident, and I have also attached links below of the news articles for more info:

Fire truck, log truck collide, one dead, one critically injured

Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin said District 6 (Olivet-Walkertown) volunteer Gus Losleben, a four year veteran of the department, was driving the tanker to a fully involved house fire in the Walnut Grove community.

Losleben was headed west on Holland Creek Road toward the two-story home when he collided head-on with an eastbound log truck. The firefighter was airlifted to the Memphis Med after being extricated from the obliterated vehicle.

Martin described Losleben’s condition as “extremely critical.”

Tennessee Highway Patrolman Charlie Childers said the still unidentified driver of the log truck was killed instantly.

Firefighter, truck driver killed in Hardin Co. crash

A firefighter and a truck driver are dead following a Hardin County traffic accident involving a fire truck and a log truck, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The driver of the log truck was dead when crews arrived at the scene, according to the THP.

A firefighter was airlifted to Memphis and later died, according to Lt. Brad Wilbanks.

Photo courtesy of WBBJTV

Photo courtesy of WBBJTV

None of these reports have been confirmed by the NFFF at this time, but the Department has confirmed. Please continue to keep all of those who were involved in your thoughts and prayers during these hard times.


Hardin Co Fire Department website

Hardin Co Fire Department Facebook page