COVINGTON COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) – A volunteer firefighter died from his injuries Wednesday afternoon after being struck while responding to a wreck on U.S. 49 in Covington County.
The Seminary Police Department Facebook page identified the first responder/firefighter as Phillip Allan, a long-time volunteer in Covington and Simpson counties.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol said it responded to a one-vehicle crash shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Allan, who happened to come upon the accident, also stopped to help, but was struck by an oncoming vehicle, MHP said.
MHP said the driver who hit Allan remained on the scene.
The incident remains under investigation by MHP.
From the Seminary Police Department Facebook Page:
First responders from the Simpson and Covington County areas who knew Philip Allan said when he died, he was doing what he lived for: Helping people.
Allan, a volunteer firefighter for multiple departments in that area was killed after being hit by a car on Highway 49 in Covington County while attempting to help victims of a car crash.
Covington County Fire Coordinator John Pope said Allan was struck crossing the road as he attempted to help the people involved in the accident.
Pope said the firefighter was in his personal vehicle when he came upon the wreck. He had radioed in to alert dispatch that he was stopping to help. The vehicle had rolled over several times, officials said.
Allan was taken to Forrest General Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Pope said.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is working the incident. This is a developing story.