Pennsylvania Firefighter Fatally Struck at Crash Scene

Two other firefighters and a state trooper also hurt

Bill Carey
24 July 2021

LOWER MERION TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania – One Pennsylvania firefighter is dead and three other first responders are injured after a suspected drunk driver hit them while they were at a motor vehicle accident early Saturday morning.

A press release from the Lower Merion Township Fire Department says that firefighters were preparing to leave the scene of the motor vehicle accident on Interstate 76 when a vehicle drive into the scene striking three firefighters an state trooper.

Two news reports state that the vehicle drive onto the right shoulder of the interstate and into the scene.

Belmont Hills Fire Company firefighter Tom Royds went into cardiac arrest on the scene and was transported to Paoli Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The two injured firefighters and the state trooper were transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

This is the second line of duty death to occur in the area in the month.

Firefighter Sean W. DeMuynck, of the Lower Merion Fire Department/Penn Wynne-Overbrook Hills Fire Company died following a house fire on 4 July 2021.

Image courtesy of Belmont Hills Fire Company, Facebook.

Published by Data Not Drama

Data Not Drama is writings that provide a point of critical thought about firefighter fatality data and education, line of duty deaths, and risk. The main focus is to encourage less risk aversion and better knowledge on the subject of firefighter fatalities in firefighters, fire departments, and fire service organizations.

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