Tennessee Firefighter Killed in Response Crash

By Bill Carey
25 April 2023

Updated 23 April

TAZEWELL, Tenn. – A Tennessee firefighter has died after being involved in a apparatus crash while responding to a call on Monday.

WATE and WVLT report that firefighters were responding to a call when the apparatus left the roadway, went down an embankment and overturned. Each state that the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s preliminary investigation found that the driver, Roy Sewell Jr., ran off the right side of the road.

The investigation also found that Sewell, Jr. was wearing his seat belt.

WBIR reported that the fire engine was responding to set up a landing zone for a LIFESTSAR helicopter.

Photograph courtesy of WBIR/YouTube.

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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