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Man arrested after stealing, crashing fire truck

JOHNSTON, CITY – A southern Illinois fire chief says it may take months to replace a fire truck that was stolen and crashed.

Authorities say they've arrested a 22-year-old man suspected of driving off in the Williamson County Fire Protection District truck on Tuesday before he slid off a road. The 2011 vehicle came to rest upside down at the bottom of an embankment.

The man was treated at a hospital before being taken to jail. There's no immediate word on any charges.

Fire Chief Jeremy Norris says the truck cost more than a quarter of a million dollars.

The man in custody has no affiliation with the fire-protection district.

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