Off duty Memphis firefighter killed on I-240 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Off duty Memphis firefighter killed on I-240

Janeal Williams (Courtesy Memphis Fire Department) Janeal Williams (Courtesy Memphis Fire Department)
Eddie Rone (Courtesy Memphis Fire Department) Eddie Rone (Courtesy Memphis Fire Department)

An off-duty Memphis firefighter was killed on Interstate 240 Sunday night when he was struck by a car.

Witnesses said two off-duty firefighters, both on motorcycles, were pulled over to the side of the road along I-240 near Millbranch, because one of the bikes was experiencing mechanical problems.  While they were parked, the men and their motorcycles were struck by a Ford Mustang.

One of the firefighters, Private Janeal Williams, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other firefighter, Lt. Eddie Rone, 35, was transported to The MED in critical condition. Later, Rone's condition was upgraded to non-critical.

After striking the firefighters, the Mustang hit a directional sign in a construction zone, causing the vehicle to flip into a drainage ditch.  The female driver of the Mustang was transported to The MED for treatment.

"It's a tragic situation," said Memphis Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Keith Staples. "We had nearly a 100 firefighters at The MED last night in support Lt. Rone and his family. We're a close-knit brotherhood."

Witnesses said the firefighters' bikes were found nearly 100 yards away from each other. 

"My heart goes out for the family of the victim, and also for the one in the hospital," said Lt. Mark Hudgins of the Memphis Fire Department. "I had phone calls this morning at six o'clock because I myself ride a motorcycle, and they called just to make sure I was okay."

Police are still trying to determine if alcohol played a role in the incident.


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