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Louisa firefighter dies in crash
A Louisa County firefighter dies in early morning crash

Date published: 6/29/2012

By Portsia Smith

Louisa firefighter dies when truck hits tree

A Louisa County firefighter was killed Thursday when his truck struck a tree in a single-vehicle crash.

Shortly after 6:30 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to a crash reported on U.S. 33, Jefferson Highway, half a mile east of Cedar Hill Road in Louisa County.

According to a State Police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Molnar, the crash occurred when the driver of a 1992 Ford F-150 pickup truck traveling westbound ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree, causing the vehicle to overturn.

The driver, 21-year-old Charles D. Wilson of Bumpass, suffered serious life-threatening injuries and was flown by helicopter to U.Va. Medical Center in Charlottesville, where he later died.

He was wearing his seat belt, Molnar said.

Wilson was a career firefighter and EMT with the Louisa County Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

The Louisa County Sheriff's Office assisted with the ongoing State Police investigation, Molnar said.

--Portsia Smith