LODD: Ohio FF killed, officer hurt in struck-by incident on interstate

Lt. Philip M. Wigal, 35, of the Town and Country Fire District was pronounced dead at the scene

Duty Death: Philip M. Wigal - [West Salem, Ohio]

End of Service: 04/11/2022


By Leila Merrill

WAYNE COUNTY, Ohio — A firefighter was killed and an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was injured after being struck while working at the site of a prior accident Monday on Interstate 71 near Route 301, WOIO reported.

Lt. Philip M. Wigal, 35, of the Town and Country Fire District was pronounced dead at the scene.

The trooper was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The two had been finishing up their documentations about the earlier crash when the second one happened, according to WKYC.

A commercial vehicle hit a fire engine, a patrol car and the vehicle involved in the prior single-vehicle crash, the state patrol said.

The commercial vehicle driver also was taken to a hospital.

Town & Country Fire District Chief Adam Hory said that Wigal started his firefighting career by working part-time in 2006. Wigal was promoted to lieutenant in 2014 and hired full-time.

The incident is under investigation.

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