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Two West Virginia firefighters dead, 3 injured after side of rig is crushed

Brad McElhinny, metronews.com:

A Pratt Volunteer Fire Department truck was responding to a triple fatality on the West Virginia Turnpike when the truck flipped against a rock wall, killing at least two firefighters, Kanawha County officials said.

The events of the tragic evening began around 7 p.m. when a vehicle was traveling north in the southbound lanes and wrecked with another vehicle.

“Apparently, a vehicle was traveling the wrong way on the interstate and it wrecked. As a result of that it appears there are three fatalities,” said Capt. Reginald Patterson, spokesman for the West Virginia State Police.

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WSAZ-TV:

Kanawha County officials say the Pratt Volunteer Fire Department was responding to a serious accident on the turnpike with fatalities when their truck flipped over.

The firetruck was on Paint Creek Road at McCorkle Aveue SE, according to dispatch.

Paint Creek Road is shut down.

Five firefighters were on the truck at the time of the accident.

Two people are dead from the fire department and three others are hurt, according to investigators.

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Kanawha County statement:

The Pratt Volunteer Fire Department was responding to a serious accident on the turnpike with fatalities this evening when their truck flipped over. Five fighter fighters were on the truck during the accident. At this time there are two confirmed fatalities from the fire department with three other fire fighters injured. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved in these accidents this evening and their families. This is a tragic event and believed to be the worse accident involving our volunteer fire service has ever suffered,” stated Commission President Kent Carper.

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