BLOXOM, VA – A volunteer firefighter was killed in a fire truck accident in Bloxom, VA on July 17, 2012 when the truck flipped over on a curve, ejecting him from the vehicle.
Bloxom is located in Accomack County, Virginia in the eastern part of the state about 173 miles southeast of Washington, DC, and about 170 miles northeast of Richmond, VA.
The victim was identified as David Chew, Jr., 30 years old, from Parksley, VA, about 4 miles southwest of Bloxom.
The accident occurred while Chew was on his way to an emergency call on Route 13, located east of the accident site. At the time of the accident, the fire truck was being driven by James R. Lambirth, 44 years old, from Mears, VA, about 4 miles northwest of Bloxom.
Chew was a passenger in the fire truck when Lambirth lost control. The truck flipped over several times and Chew was ejected from the vehicle. The truck hit several trees, then came to a stop off the shoulder of the road next to a tree.
The accident happened around 11:30 a.m. on July 17. An article in the DelmarvaNow.com website reported on the accident:
An investigation revealed that Chew, a passenger in the firetruck, was ejected, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Michelle Anaya.
Mr. Chew was not wearing his safety belt at the time of the accident and died on impact,” Anaya said in a statement.
The driver of the fire truck was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
This is a tragic loss. Chew was a third generation firefighter and served as chaplain for the Bloxom Volunteer Fire Department. Chew had also recently become pastor of the Hallwood United Methodist Church.
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