The firefighter, Lt. Brad Clack of the Hanover County Fire-EMS Department, was one of four firefighters struck by their fire engine when a tractor-trailer slammed into it, pushing it into them, around 9 p.m. on Thursday outside Richmond, according to the Virginia State Police.
Mr. Clack was at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 295 during the storm. The fire engine’s lights were on, and the roads were slick when it was struck by the tractor-trailer on the side of the road, the police said. The driver of the tractor-trailer suffered serious injuries, the police said, and charges were pending.
The other three firefighters were taken to a hospital in serious condition.
One of the drowning victims died in Charlotte County, near the North Carolina border, after a car was swept away on a bridge on Thursday night, according to the state police. Two other people were in the car, with one rescued and the other missing.
Earlier on Thursday, James King Jr., 45, was swept away in his car in floodwaters in Pittsylvania County in southern Virginia around 3:30 p.m. and could not be rescued despite the efforts of sheriff’s deputies, the state police said. “The floodwaters were too deep and too swift for them to maintain contact with him,” the police said.
And two people were killed in Danville, Va., on Thursday when their cars were overrun by flash flooding. William Lynn Tanksley, 53, died when the car he was in was swept away in fast-moving water around 5 p.m., the Danville Police Department said. Jennifer Bjarnesen Mitchell, 60, died around 10:20 p.m. when the vehicle she was in got stuck in high water.
A motorist was also reported missing in Nottoway County. The vehicle was recovered, but the person who was in the vehicle had not been found.
As the death toll rose in Virginia, the authorities expected more deaths to be reported farther south along the hurricane’s path.
Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/12/us/hurricane-michael-live-updates-florida.html349