BLACK JACK, Mo. (KSDK) - A potential for calamity was averted earlier Monday following an accident involving a piece of construction equipment along Coldwater Creek.
Laclede Gas was using a backhoe to clear an area of brush along Old Jamestown Road in the Black Jack area when the backhoe rolled over into the ditch and a fire began.
The backhoe operator was belted into the machine for the entire incident but managed to get out safely.
The area is heavy with brush but luckily the fire didn't catch.