Glendale firefighter killed after semi slams into parked fire truck
GLENDALE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Glendale firefighter was killed and another firefighter was injured early Wednesday after a semi truck slammed into a parked fire truck early Wednesday.
According to Glendale officials, 25-year-old Jonathan French was killed while using a pump outside the fire truck around 3 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A second firefighter, identified as Lisa French -- Jonathan French's mother -- was injured in the crash; she was taken to University Hospital in Louisville with injuries described as non-life threatening.
The wreck happened around 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 65 southbound at the 87 mile marker near Glendale. Trooper Jeff Gregory said Glendale volunteer firefighters were fighting a car fire at mile marker 87 when the accident occurred. Police say the truck's emergency lights were on, and safety barricades were set up when it was struck.
"We did have our blocking system set, which is our safety precaution to protect us," said Glendale Fire Chief Richard Peters. "He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Peters was assisting Jonathan French and Lisa French in battling the car fire when the accidentoccurredd. Jonathan French is the nephew of the fire chief, and Lisa French is his sister.
"Once it gets in the family line, it stays in the family line until something happens," said Peters.
Officials say Lisa French had been with the department for seven years; Jonathan French had been with the department for five years.
"We know Jonathan was doing what he wanted to do, and we know that he didn't suffer," said Peters. "It was just one of those things, God had his plans and there is nothing we can do to change it."
The Glendale Fire Department will be shut down until further notice, and neighboring fire departments will take over Glendale's duties.
Southbound interstate 65 re-opened around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
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