Two Jefferson County Road Department employees sustained minor injuries when the work trucks they were driving collided about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday near the Watson Chapel Volunteer Fire Department at 9100 Sulphur Springs Road near Pine Bluff, according to Road Department Superintendent Rickey Bullard.

Two Jefferson County Road Department employees sustained minor injuries when the work trucks they were driving collided about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday near the Watson Chapel Volunteer Fire Department at 9100 Sulphur Springs Road near Pine Bluff, according to Road Department Superintendent Rickey Bullard.

Drivers Cleo Harrison and Dale Patterson were transported to Jefferson Regional Medical Center by a fellow employee in another county vehicle. Bullard said the two were complaining of soreness and neck pain. Both were treated and released from the hospital.

Bullard said Patterson was driving a 2000 Mack flatbed truck loaded with culverts. Following was Harrison, driving a “1994 or ‘95” International flatbed and pulling a trailer that was carrying a backhoe. A fire engine responding to a call began to pull out of the fire station, and Patterson braked. Harrison braked, too, and his truck rammed into the rear of Patterson’s.

“It was raining pretty hard at the time,” said County Judge Mike Holcomb. “We’re fortunate that neither man was hurt badly and no one else was involved in the collision.”

“The International was probably a total loss,” said Bullard. “The Mack wasn’t really hurt.”

The backhoe wasn’t damaged, Bullard said. He estimated the value of the totaled International truck at “between $16,000 and $17,000.” Bullard also expressed relief that Harrison and Patterson escaped serious injury.

The Arkansas State Police investigated the accident. No citations were issued.