Updated: Coroner identifies firefighter who died
Updated 1:34 p.m. Wednesday.
HUDSON - Six members of the Hudson fire department from western McLean County were injured, one fatally, as they worked an accident on a snowy interstate highway near Hudson Tuesday night.
A release from McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling and the Hudson Community Fire Protection District said firefighters were working a multiple-vehicle accident on Interstate 39 near Hudson at 9:45 p.m. when a southbound semitrailer truck carrying automobiles lost control and struck three emergency vehicles belonging to the Hudson fire department and the Illinois State Police.
Kimmerling's office said 39-year-old Christopher R. Brown of Hudson was killed in the crash. He was married and a father of two.
The names of the injured firefighters have not been released.
Mr. Brown was pronounced dead at the emergency room of Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal at 11:38 p.m. He was a full-time firefighter for the city of Bloomington. An autopsy showed the likely cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries from being hit by the truck.
"Today we lost a member of our Hudson family. We share in the sorrow felt by his loved ones, and we must not forget the valuable contributions he made to this community and the impact he has left on the Hudson Fire Department," said Chief Dan Hite. "The Hudson Fire Department is a close-knit family, and the loss of one of our own affects us all. A tragedy of this type is felt by each and every member, but together we can make it through. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
An autopsy is scheduled for today and an Illinois State Police accident reconstructionist is investigating.