McLean County Firefighter Dies In Truck Accident

A firefighter from Hudson, Illinois, is dead after a trucker slammed into a roadside rescue operation last night. The Pantagraph Newspaper reports that the 39-year-old volunteer firefighter was responding to a multi-vehicle accident on Tuesday night when a big-rig driver lost control of his truck and slammed into the accident scene.

McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling performed an autopsy this morning and the identity of the firefighter will be released afterward.

The mutli-car accident reportedly happened shortly before 10 p.m. According to McClean County officials. The semi-truck hit the rescue teams around 10:45 p.m. And the firefighter was pronounced dead about an hour later. It is unclear whether inclement weather played a contributing factor in the firefighters wrongful death.

Today we lost a member of our Hudson family, said Hudson Fire Chief Dan Hite. We share in the sorrow felt by his loved ones, and we must not forget the valuable contributions he made to this community and the impact he has left on the Hudson Fire Department. The Hudson Fire Department is a close-knit family and the loss of one of our own affects us all. A tragedy of this type is felt by each and every member, but together, we can make it through. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Source: Fire House, Firefighter Killed, Five Hurt at Illinois Crash Scene , Mar. 6, 2013