HUDSON - The Hudson firefighter who was killed in a crash on Interstate 39 last night was also a career firefighter for the Bloomington Fire Department.
Christopher R. Brown, 39 of Hudson, was killed in a crash involving a semi-tractor trailer and three emergency vehicles. He was a married father of two.
McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said an autopsy found Brown died of multiple injuries to the head and body.
Last night, March 5th, a semi-tractor trailer lost control and drove through an accident scene on I-39 near mile marker 6 in Hudson, IL. The semi collided with three emergency vehicles and struck/injured 6 Hudson Firefighters. One of those members succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The firefighter, whose name has not been released, was 39 years old and a volunteer for the Hudson Community Fire Protection District and a career firefighter for the City of Bloomington (according to Pentagraph.com)
Press Release from HudsonFire.org:
McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling releases the following information concerning a motor vehicle fatality that occurred on the evening of Tuesday, March 5th 2013 in Hudson, IL. At approximately 2145 hours, MetCom received a 911 call in reference to a multiple vehicle incident on southbound I-39 near mile marker 6 in Hudson. Fire and police units were dispatched. Then at approximately 2245 hours, a southbound semi-tractor trailer carrying a load of automobiles lost control and struck three official first responder vehicles belonging to Hudson Community Fire Protection District (HCFPD) and the Illinois State Police (ISP). Six members of HCFPD were injured and transported to Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. At 2238 hours on March 5th, a member of the Hudson Fire Department succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Emergency Department Staff.
“Today we lost a member of our Hudson family. We share in the sorrow felt by his loved ones, and we must not forget the valuable contributions be made to this community and the impact he has left on the Hudson Fire Department,” said Chief Dan Hite, Hudson Community Fire Protection District. “The Hudson Fire 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.”
We ask that at this time that all media please allow our Department and families time to grieve. Any questions specific to the Hudson Fire Department can be directed to Chief Dan Hite at 309-824-2226 or Capt. Shane Hill, HFD Public Affairs Officer at 309-310-3788.
An autopsy will be scheduled for Wednesday, March 6th. The identity of this firefighter will be released along with preliminary autopsy results later in the business day. Any questions regarding the death investigation may be directed to Coroner Beth Kimmerling.
An Accident Reconstructionist from the Illinois State Police has been assigned to the incident and is working with the Coroner’s Office and Hudson Fire Department on the circumstances surrounding this crash.
Fire Chief Dan Hite Posted this on the Hudson FD Facebook Page:
It is with a heavy heart and great sadness I have to report the passing of one of our members. He was struck by a semi last night while at a accident scene. We also had 5 others firefighter’s treated and released from a local hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, those injured and the rest of the department members as we move through this difficult time. Thank all of you for your kind words and keep all of us especially the family in your prayers.
Dan Hite, Fire Chief