In a summary released in late August, the Centers for Disease Control is commenting on contributing factors to a crash that killed two firefighters with the Pratt Volunteer Fire Department in March 2018.
Lieutenant Thomas 'Tom' Craigo and Assistant Fire Chief Michael Edwards were killed, and three others were hurt, including the fire chief, when their truck crashed into a rock wall while responding to a call.
The 43 paged report highlights conditions at the time of the crash, blaming wet roads as a contributing factor. It also says speed and distraction of the driver played a role as well. The report details the chief as the driver.
The report also lists failure to wear seat belts as a factor to the deaths and injuries.
In the report, it says the truck was driving on a two lane road with a curve. When the truck went in to the curve, the right wheels went off the
side and into a ditch. The truck kept driving for more than 300 feet before stopping.