From staff reports
One of the county’s young first responders was seriously injured late Tuesday night as the pickup truck he was driving, responding to a call for the Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, left the road and slid into the dense woods along on Hunters Road.
Witnesses said the truck was driven by Gary Jenkins Jr., an 19-year-old WVFR volunteer, who was headed north to assist with an ambulance call just before 11 p.m. The truck made an abrupt left, flipped onto its side and crashed into a large tree; the impact crushed much of the cab.
Jenkins remained conscious and talking, according to a witness, while crews from Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department and squads from Washington and Amissville worked for most of an hour to stabilize the vehicle and pry Jenkins safely out.
While emergency crews tried to find a med-evac helicopter crew that would fly into Rappahannock’s dense low cloud cover Tuesday night, Jenkins was transported to Fauquier Hospital by ambulance and flown from there to INOVA Fairfax Hospital, where he is reported in intensive care, scheduled to undergo emergency surgery Wednesday afternoon.
Virginia State Police, who could not be reached before press time, are investigating the cause of the crash.