LODD: 2 W.Va. firefighters dead, 3 hurt in fire truck crash
Pratt Volunteer Fire Department firefighters Michael Edwards and Tom Craigo were killed when their fire truck crashed en route to a fatal car crash
By FireRescue1 Staff
KANAWHA COUNTY, W. Va. — Two firefighters were killed and three were injured Saturday night when their fire truck crashed en route to a fatal vehicle crash scene.
Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that Pratt Volunteer Fire Department firefighters Michael Edwards and Tom Craigo died after their fire truck flipped, left the roadway and hit a rock wall, according to Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper.
Chief Timothy Walker and firefighters Billy Hypes and Kyle Jenkins were injured in the crash. Chief Walker is in critical condition, Hypes is stable at the hospital and Jenkins was released with minor injuries.
“This is a tragic event and believed to be the worst accident involving our volunteer fire service has ever suffered," Carper said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved in these accidents this evening and their families.”
The crash is currently under investigation.
A long line of first responders still on scene where the Pratt volunteer fire dept. truck crashed this evening. Two firefighters were killed. Three more are in the hospital tonight. @Ashleyb_WCHS will have the latest on @wchs8fox11 at 10 and 11. pic.twitter.com/t3H7EQlBzD— Jessi Starkey (@JessiWCHS) March 25, 2018
Please join Cathy and I as we pray for all of those involved in two tragic motor vehicle accidents that occurred on the WV Turnpike earlier this evening that claimed the lives of five people, including two first responders from the Pratt VFD.#wvgov— Governor Jim Justice (@WVGovernor) March 25, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pratt Volunteer Fire Department and to the community they serve. pic.twitter.com/2XfepmF4NY— WV FOP St. Albans 88 (@WVFOP88) March 25, 2018