This is an update on the condition of Toledo Fire Chief Larry Robeson and Assistant Fire Chief Dave Inman who were returning to Oregon with a recently purchased Rescue Rig. The Toledo Fire Department and the City of Toledo had recently purchased the vehicle from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus in Huntsville, Alabama. Shortly after beginning their journey back home to Oregon, a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed collided with Robeson and Inman’s vehicle. A third vehicle, a dodge pickup was also involved in the crash.
The three-vehicle crash took place about 6:45am on Alabama Highway 53 about three miles south of Ardmor near the Limestone Madison County line. Several area Fire Departments responded and provided care at the scene. Both Fire Chief Robeson and Assistant Fire Chief Inman suffered injuries and were rushed to a local Level 1 Trauma Hospital for medical treatment. Assistant Chief Inman was treated and later released the same day with minor injuries. Fire Chief Robeson currently remains hospitalized in critical condition in the Trauma ICU in Alabama. The Rescue Rig was not in service at the time of the wreck.
The driver and occupants of the Dodge truck were not injured. The driver of the car that struck the Toledo Fire Department rescue vehicle was, Jaquarius Lamon Smith, 25, and his passenger, Terrell Marquae Jolly, 30, both of Huntsville and were pronounced dead at the scene. They were not wearing seatbelts, according to Alabama State Troopers. Crash investigators are still trying to determine whether alcohol consumption by the two deceased occupants contributed to the crash.
P.S.: Toledo Police Department will be conducting another Coloring with a Cop event at Cobblestone Pizza in Toledo. Cards can be made and will be sent to Chief Robeson and Assistant Chief Inman. The event will be held 4:00pm – 6:00pm on Wednesday, October 2nd.