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One dead, two hurt in fire truck crash

Traffic is moving again after a deadly crash involving a fire truck shut down part of I-40 in Fayette County. One man died in the crash and two firefighters were airlifted to the Med. Traffic is moving again after a deadly crash involving a fire truck shut down part of I-40 in Fayette County. One man died in the crash and two firefighters were airlifted to the Med.

(WMC-TV) – Traffic is moving again after a deadly crash involving a fire truck shut down part of I-40 in Fayette County. One man died in the crash and two firefighters were airlifted to the Med.

The Braden volunteer firefighters working the fatal accident Monday night showed up just minutes after three of their own came close to losing their lives. Two of the firefighters are in critical condition.

Friends say one of the men celebrates a birthday tomorrow and has a 16-year-old son.

Miles of blocked traffic stood still as the scene was cleared

"It could have been a lot worse," said Hunter Winfrey, chief of the Braden Fire Department. "The pumper did its job."

The pumper truck protected the men who were found lying on the ground next to it after a Ford truck pulling a trailer left the east bound lane and ran into the median crashing into the Braden fire truck.

The truck was parked as three firefighters put out a grass fire.

"The guys had already extinguished the fire," said Winfrey. "They were trying to get the apparatus back in service. They were putting the hose back on it and the vehicle ran off the edge of the road and ran into back of pumper."

The Ford's driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Two of the fire fighters were flown to the Med while a third was able to leave the scene on his own.

A woman who lives across the interstate said she saw the firefighters putting out the grass fire and within minutes of getting home she heard a loud boom.

"I'm so sorry to hear about the death of the man in the truck, but the firefighters I pray for them," said Emma Williams. "May God be with them and their families."

The fire chief is thankful the fire truck held up through the wreck, protecting his men. As for why the truck driver ran off the road, investigators will work to figure out what happened.

At this point we don't know the identity of the man killed, only that his truck had a Colorado tag and was full of furniture.

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