The van that brought firefighters to the scene (Source: Katherine Kington, WAVE 3 News)
Fire trucks on the scene of the accident. (Source: Katherine Kington, WAVE 3 News)
An overview of the scene from Air 3. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The semi involved in the accident. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Jonathan French (Source: News Enterprise)
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - The Glendale firefighter killed and another who was injured in an accident on Interstate 65 in Hardin County while fighting a vehicle fire have been identified as a mother and son.
Trooper Jeff Gregory, public affairs officer of the Kentucky State Police Elizabethtown post, said the wreck, which involved a semi and fire truck, occurred around the 87 mile marker near Glendale around 3:30 a.m. Gregory said the Glendale Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene of a fire in a 15-passenger van that happened about 30 minutes before the accident.
The firefighter killed has been identified as Jonathan French, 25, of Glendale. Gregory said the injured firefighter is French's mother, Lisa French, 43, who is also the sister of the Glendale fire chief. Both were outside the fire truck and were struck by the semi before it hit the fire engine.
Jonathan French was pronounced dead at the scene. Lisa French, a seven year veteran of the Glendale department, was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital where she is listed in serious condition.
The last line of duty death in Hardin County was in 1970 when an Elizabethtown firefighter was killed.
As of 11 a.m., I-65 south remained closed as the investigation continued. Traffic on I-65 south is being detoured at exit 91. Motorists can continue south on U.S. 31 west and rejoin I-65 at exit 86 in Glendale. It is unknown how long the road closure will remain in place.