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A further two firefighters on the same truck suffered burns and were taken to hospital.

The firefighters were working on the Green Valley, Talmalmo Fire, approximately 70km east of Albury when it’s believed that the truck rolled when hit by extreme winds associated with the fire.

Police say that about 5.50pm yesterday (Monday 30), they received reports that a NSW Rural Fire Service truck with three men on board had rolled on a property at River Road, Jingellic.

A passenger, believed to be a 28-year-old man, died at the scene.

A second passenger, a 39-year-old man, was airlifted to The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne in a serious condition suffering burns.

The driver, aged 52, was treated at the scene before being taken to Holbrook Hospital for minor injuries and has since been released.

It’s believed the two passengers were firefighting from the refuge area behind the main cabin when the vehicle rolled.

Officers from Murray River Police District attended and established a crime scene, which was examined by specialist forensic officers.

A second vehicle working in the same area was also blown over and the firefighter on board was also taken to hospital.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner and inquiries continue.

The RFS say the Service’s thoughts are with all the firefighter’s families, friends and fellow brigade members.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.


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