Responding Pa. FF Killed in Crash

A volunteer firefighter with the Trout Run Volunteer Fire Company was killed in a crash yesterday afternoon while responding to a previous crash, according to The Williamsport-Sun Gazette.Firefighter Richard L. Springman crash scene at Powys Curve in...


A volunteer firefighter with the Trout Run Volunteer Fire Company was killed in a crash yesterday afternoon while responding to a previous crash, according to The Williamsport-Sun Gazette.

Firefighter Richard L. Springman crash scene at Powys Curve in Lewis Township when he lost control of his pickup truck and struck a guardrail at approximately 3:45 p.m.

The impact caused the truck to roll over into the middle of the road.

State police told the newspaper that 20-year-old firefighter was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the truck, landing about 15 feet away from the vehicle.

Both lanes were strewn with debris, including the truck's two tires that came off, according to the report.

"This is something none of us should have to deal with," Trout Run Fire Chief Robert Whitford told the newspaper before leaving the scene to notify the firefighter's family of the tragedy.

It is the first line-of-duty death for the fire company.