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Firefighter dies after car crashes into furniture truck in Cabell County

John Lambert, 27, of Ranger, a probationary firefighter, died in a crash Thursday morning, according to a news release from the city of Huntington. (City of Huntington)

A crash between a car and a furniture truck killed a Huntington firefighter Thursday morning in Cabell County.

John Lambert, 27, of Ranger, a probationary firefighter, died in a crash Thursday morning, according to a news release from the city of Huntington. The wreck happened about 8 a.m. in the 3500 block of Cyrus Creek Road near Barboursville.

Deputies said the car crossed the center line and collided, almost head on with a box truck. The crash caused the road to be shut down for multiple hours.

The two men in the Ashley Furniture truck told Eyewitness News they were OK. Deputies said their initial investigation did not show that alcohol or speed were factors in the deadly crash.

“The hearts of the city of Huntington family are aching for the loss of firefighter John Lambert. We ask our community to please hold his family in your hearts and prayers,” Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said in a statement.

Lambert was not working at the time of the crash. He had been with the Huntington Fire Department since September 2017, the release said.

Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rider and Ray Canafax, president of International Association of Firefighters Local 289, released the following joint statement:

"The Huntington Fire Department and International Association of Firefighters Local 289 are deeply saddened by the passing of our brother, John Lambert. He was a well-respected member with a bright future. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family during this time of sorrow."

Cyrus Creek Road has reopened.


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