By John Raby, Associated Press:
Authorities on Sunday released the names of five people killed in separate weekend crashes in West Virginia, including two firefighters whose fire truck hit a rock wall while responding to the other accident.
Five members of the Pratt Volunteer Fire Department were en route to a wreck on Interstate 64-77 on Saturday evening southeast of Charleston when their truck hit the wall along state Route 83.
“It was just an absolutely horrific tragedy that none of us has ever experienced,” Pratt Deputy Fire Chief Rod Johnson said Sunday. “We were all close friends. We all grew up together around here. There’s no words that’s going to ease the pain. What’s helping everybody is the town, the citizens, the fire departments from all over the state and country are truly supporting us.”
Johnson said assistant fire chief Michael Edwards, 46, and Lt. Thomas Craigo, 40, were killed. Edwards had 25 years of service as a firefighter and Craigo spent about 15 years with the department. Johnson said both men had recently gotten married, including Edwards about a week ago.
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