5:45 a.m. Update:
Capt. Kenny Boyd with Jacksonville PD has identified the driver of the van that killed the firefighter as 47-year-old Bryce Allen of Jacksonville. He has been charged with 2nd degree murder and two counts of criminal intent to commit 2nd degree murder because he allegedly did not try to stop.
Boyd has also been identified Allen as the son of Thelma Allen, the driver of the original car that crashed and caused the gas main break.
According to a witness who watched the accident unfold, Bryce Allen told authorities his accelerator pedal on his vehicle got stuck.
A firefighter has died and two other emergency workers in critical condition after a single-car accident overnight Tuesday in Jacksonville.
Crews were called to the scene in the 8400 block of Highway 161 South around 11:00 Monday night after a car crashed, causing a gas main break. While emergency crews were clearing the accident, a van veered off the road, hitting three -- two firefighters and a police officer.
One firefighter was killed on impact. The other two victims were rushed to an area hospital where both are still listed in critical condition.
"Anytime you lose one of your fellow firefighters or law enforcement officers or families, it's very tragic," says Captain Kenny Boyd with the Jacksonville Police Department. "It'll take some time."
This is a very similar situation to a Harding University student's death just a few weeks ago. Ty Osman, 18, was on his way to Spring Break when friends of his in another car were in an accident. After he pulled over to check on them, another car crashed into his, which then hit him. He died later at a Texas hospital.
In light of these incidents, we asked Capt. Boyd what can be done to avoid such tragedies.
"Anytime you see emergency cars on the side of the highway with their lights on, slow down," says Capt. Boyd. "Really slow. Move over if you can, look for anybody that may be standing on the side of the road...just slow down."
Neither the driver of the van nor the first car overnight was injured.
No word yet on if any charges will be filed as the entire incident is still under investigation.