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Firefighter Roger Johns dies after being backed over at Virginia crash scene

Jeff Williamson, WSLS-TV:

A Botetourt County volunteer firefighter who was responding to an accident on Friday has died, according to Cody Sexton with the Botetourt County Administrator’s Office.

Roger D. Johns, 63, of Eagle Rock, was serving as a ground guide when a fire department vehicle backed into him at 3:10 p.m., according to Virginia State Police.

Elizabeth Tyree, WSET-TV:

The Eagle Rock Fire Department responded to the crash at the intersection of Route 220 and Catawba Creek Rd.

Police said a fire department member was backing up a fire department vehicle to block the road when the vehicle hit Johns who was serving as a ground guide.
State Police said Johns died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Tiffany Stevens, The Roanoke Times:

Johns was serving as a ground guide when a 55-year-old department employee hit him. The employee, who was not named, was backing up the vehicle to block the roadway, according to the release.

Botetourt County spokesman Cody Sexton said in a release Friday night that the department would not be releasing further information about the death “at this time.”


The driver of the truck was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation. Charges are pending.

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