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Firefighter killed after truck plows through IL highway crash scene. Five other Hudson firefighters hurt & three emergency vehicles wrecked on I-39.

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AP:

Authorities say a central Illinois firefighter was killed and 5 of his colleagues injured when a tractor-trailer hit three emergency vehicles.

The emergency responders were working at the scene of a previous freeway accident at the time. The name of the dead firefighter from the village of Hudson hasn’t been released.

McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling says that at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, emergency responders were dispatched to a multiple-vehicle wreck on southbound Interstate 39 near Hudson.

An hour later, a southbound tractor-trailer hauling a load of automobiles lost control and hit 3 of the emergency vehicles belonging to the Hudson Community Fire Protection District and the Illinois State Police.

All of the injured were taken to a hospital in Normal.

From Hudson Community Fire Protection District website:

McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling releases the following information concerning a motor vehicle fatality that occurred on the evening of Tuesday, March 5th 2013 in Hudson, IL. At approximately 2145 hours, MetCom received a 911 call in reference to a multiple vehicle incident on southbound I-39 near mile marker 6 in Hudson. Fire and police units were dispatched. Then at approximately 2245 hours, a southbound semi-tractor trailer carrying a load of automobiles lost control and struck three official first responder vehicles belonging to Hudson Community Fire Protection District (HCFPD) and the Illinois State Police (ISP). Six members of HCFPD were injured and transported to Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. At 2238 hours on March 5th, a member of the Hudson Fire Department succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Emergency Department Staff. 

“Today we lost a member of our Hudson family. We share in the sorrow felt by his loved ones, and we must not forget the valuable contributions be made to this community and the impact he has left on the Hudson Fire Department,” said Chief Dan Hite, Hudson Community Fire Protection District. “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.” 

We ask that at this time that all media please allow our Department and families time to grieve. Any questions specific to the Hudson Fire Department can be directed to Chief Dan Hite at 309-824-2226 or Capt. Shane Hill, HFD Public Affairs Officer at 309-310-3788. 

An autopsy will be scheduled for Wednesday, March 6th. The identity of this firefighter will be released along with preliminary autopsy results later in the business day. Any questions regarding the death investigation may be directed to Coroner Beth Kimmerling. 

An Accident Reconstructionist from the Illinois State Police has been assigned to the incident and is working with the Coroner’s Office and Hudson Fire Department on the circumstances surrounding this crash.

Hudson Fire Department Facebook page post this morning:

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness I have to report the passing of one of our members. He was struck by a semi last night while at a accident scene. We also had 5 others firefighter’s treated and released from a local hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, those injured and the rest of the department members as we move through this difficult time.  Thank all of you for your kind words and keep all of us especially the family in your prayers. Respectfully, Dan Hite, Fire Chief 

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  • Brian Haggerty

    There is no excuse for the TT unit to cause this much damage unless he was going way to fast as he approached the scene with all the emergency vehicles illuminated. Manslaughter charges are appropriate for the driver. Prayers for the victims and families.

  • Cappy

    Rest in peace fallen brother… get well soon injured brothers…
    Guts.. let us not forget how deadly it can be out there. Do’nt just be safe.. make it safe… out there at every opportunity.

  • Fire21

    Prayers for all involved, and their families. RIP, brother.

    I retired after 26 yrs with my state hiway dept. I can guarantee you that a large number of people do not pay attention to their driving. Sometimes you just cannot make a scene safe because of what’s coming at you, and at what speed. We had a patrolman catch a person going 96 mph through our work zone that was signed at 55. Do what you can to establish safety, but be prepared for anything.