Truck Slides Into Crash Scene
Update: Victim's identity made public. Entire community in mourning. Scroll down.
A HUDSON, ILLINOIS, FIREFIGHTER WAS KILLED Tuesday night and five of his colleagues were injured when a trailer truck lost control and slid into a crash scene on Interstate 39 near Bloomington.
The Hudson FD and Illinois State Police were dispatched to a multi-vehicle accident on the Interstate at 9:45 pm. About an hour later while they were working on the scene, a tractor-trailer auto hauler crashed into three emergency vehicles belonging to the FD and the State Police, injuring the firefighters.
All six were transported to the hospital where one of them, a 39-yr.-old FF was pronounced dead in the ER at 11:38 pm. His name has not been released yet, but it was reported that he is also a career firefighter with the Bloomington FD.
The deceased firefighter has been identified as Christopher R. Brown, age 39. In a statement from the McLean County Coroner he was killed by blunt force trauma as a result of the accident. He leaves a wife and two sons. FF Brown was a 12-year career firefighter in the Bloomington FD and had also been volunteer member of the Hudson FD for the past three years.
The Bloomington Pantagraph adds:
"Today we lost a member of our Hudson family," said Hudson Fire Chief Dan Hite. "We share in the sorrow felt by his loved ones, and we must not forget the valuable contributions he made to this community and the impact he has left on the Hudson Fire Department."
Hite said the 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."
Flags were at half-staff at area police and fire departments, and police officers are wearing mourning bands on their badges.
"We are deeply saddened by the painful loss of one of our own, and we will do our best to support his immediate family as well as his firefighter families in both Bloomington and Hudson," said Bloomington Fire Chief Mike Kimmerling.
Read the full article on the community's response to the tragedy HERE.
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