Authorities are trying to determine what caused a West Virginia volunteer fire department’s truck to flip and hit a rock wall while responding to an accident. A total of five people died in the separate accidents.
Kanawha County Manager Jennifer Herrald said two firefighters from Pratt were killed and three others on the truck were injured Saturday night southeast of Charleston. The firefighters were on their way to an accident on Interstate 64-77, also known as the West Virginia Turnpike, when their truck flipped.
The accident that the firefighters were responding to on the interstate involved three fatalities, according to state police. Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said in a statement it’s believed to be the worst accident involving a volunteer fire service in the county.
“It’s always hard when there’s a fatality. But when it’s someone you know and work with and see on a daily basis, it’s extremely difficult,” Shane Hudnall, a West Virginia Division of Highways safety officer, told WOWK-TV.