Two Firefighters Killed While Responding to Deadly Crash in West Virginia

March 26, 2018 Updated: March 26, 2018

Two firefighters were killed in West Virginia late Saturday while responding to a deadly car crash in West Virginia.

A woman from Kentucky, 77-year-old Beatrice Patrick, was driving her Chevrolet Malibu northbound in the southbound lanes of I-77 when she struck a Buick sedan being driven by James and Tonya Platte of Michigan.

The crash sent the Buick off the road and into a box truck that was being towed.

The Plattes, and Patrick are dead, reported WCHS. The driver of the truck was sent to the hospital with minor injuries.

Firefighters from Pratt were rushing to the scene of the crash when their fire engine left the edge of the roadway and hit the rock face that borders the highway, reported WSAZ.

Firefighters Michael Edwards and Tom Craigo were killed in the accident. Edwards had served 25 years as a firefighter while Craigo had served about 15 years as a firefighter.

Three other firefighters were injured in the accident.

Deputy Chief Rod Pratt said in a statement that he had never seen such a horrific event.

“In all my combined 60 years of service with EMS and the Fire Service I have never been involved in such a horrific and tragic event as this. I, like others, are lost for words to describe our pain and sorrow for our lost brothers and their families,” Johnson said.

He thanked all the agencies that sent people to help with the accidents and urged prayer for the firefighters who survived as well as the families of those who were lost in the accidents.

The chief of the Pratt Volunteer Fire Department is still in intensive care after the accident, reported WCHS.

Timmy Walker passed several neurological exams on Sunday night and Monday morning.

Family members said he was able to give a thumbs up when asked, although initially it was discovered Walker had some skull fractures and bleeding on the brain.

A candlelight vigil was held on Sunday night in Pratt, with firefighters from across the state coming in to show their support.

“The fire service is like a brotherhood,” Chesapeake Fire Chief P.J. Johnson told MetroNews following the vigil. “When things like this happen it hits hard.”


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