Firefighters push crash-damaged vehicles

FERDINAND — Firefighters provided an assist after a minivan-versus-SUV collision Tuesday afternoon at 12th and Main streets.

Lesa Lasher, Bristow, was northbound on Main Street in a 2010 Toyota Rav4 at the time of the 2:50 p.m. accident, according to the Ferdinand Police Department.

Lasher was stopped waiting for southbound traffic to clear so she could turn left onto West 11th Street when her Toyota was rear-ended by a 2000 GMC Safari driven by John Russ, of Ferdinand, according to police.

Both drivers attempted to pull to the side of Main Street after the collision, police said, but Russ advised his foot slipped off his minivan’s brake pedal, causing the vehicle to strike the Toyota a second time.

Lasher complained of back pain but declined medical attention at the scene, instead advising she would go to the hospital at a later time, police reported.

Each of the vehicles had an estimated $5,000 in damage and were not drivable. Police said members of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department pushed the disabled vehicles two blocks to the Weyer Garage.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services also assisted.

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