Update: Charles City County Volunteer Firefighter Critically Injured

This is an update. See the original story here

By Becky Robinette Wright

Michael R. Buchanan, 51, of Quinton, suffered serious life-threatening injuries and was flown by med-flight to VCU Medical Center after being involved in an apparatus crash, said Sgt. Thomas Molnar of Virginia State Police.

State Police Officials say that on May 20, 2012, at 5:28 a.m., they responded to a single vehicle crash in the 7100 block of Old Union Road in Charles City County.

The crash occurred when the driver of a 1991 GMC Truck, traveling westbound on Old Union Road, ran off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle crossed back across the roadway, running off the left side and striking a tree. The impact caused the vehicle to overturn coming to rest on the passenger side.

Buchanan was responding to a structure fire in the 4400 block of Old Union Road when the crash occurred. The water tanker truck was loaded with approximately 3,000 gallons of water.

The Charles City and New Kent County Sheriff’s Office’s assisted with the on-going state police investigation.

Photo by Jimmy Bates


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