SMITH COUNTY, Texas — A Texas firefighter severely injured responding to a tractor accident last week succumbed to his injuries Monday evening.
Volunteer Firefighter Jalen Smith, 20, was critically injured in a single car rollover while he and two other Jackson Heights firefighters when on their way to a crash Friday night, according to KLTV.
Officials say that the three firefighters were riding in a personal vehicle that rolled over multiple times off the road.
Firefighter Smith, who was not the driver, was found outside the vehicle and investigators are trying to figure out how he ended up there.
He suffered serious head and back injuries and doctors said he would likely have brain damage and be paralyzed if he survived.
Investigators believe that another vehicle may have pulled out in front of the firefighters causing the driver to "brake and take some evasive action" and lose control, but the investigation is ongoing.
The news station reports that Firefighter Smith grew up at the station, his grandfather a founding member there.
The Jackson Heights Fire Department was closed Monday night to mourn the loss of Firefighter Smith.