Firefighter killed, state trooper injured in Wayne County highway crash


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(Photos courtesy of Ashland County Pictures)

A firefighter was killed Monday evening and a state trooper was left injured as a result of a tractor-trailer crash on I-71.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, local departments were on scene of an accident when a commercial semi truck crashed into one of the fire engines, OSHP vehicle and a car involved in the previous accident.

Photo courtesy Ashland County Pictures

The firefighter who died was identified as 35-year-old Lieutenant Philip Wigal – he was pronounced dead on the scene, according to officials. He was a member of the Town and County Fire District.

The injured trooper was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the semi suffered minor injuries.

Photo courtesy Ashland County Pictures

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the fatal accident.