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Update: Hanover Fire-EMS shared on social media the status of two of its firefighters who were injured in a fatal crash on Thursday night.

On Friday afternoon, the department's Twitter account said one firefighter/medic was in stable condition, while another was in serious but stable condition.

Lester Labarge, 49, of California, Md., has been charged with reckless driving and was cited for defective brakes after his tractor-trailer struck a firetruck on Interstate 295, killing Lt. Bradford Clark, 43, and injuring three other firefighters.

One of the injured was treated at the scene. The other two are at VCU Medical Center.


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The driver of the tractor-trailer that struck a firetruck Thursday night in Hanover County, killing a firefighter and injuring three others, has been charged.

Lester Labarge, 49, of California, Md., has been charged with reckless driving and was cited for defective brakes. The crash remains under investigation and additional charges are pending. Labarge also was transported for treatment of serious injuries.

Hanover fire Lt. Bradford Clark, 43, of Station 6 was killed and three other firefighters were injured Thursday while they were providing assistance on Interstate 295. Clark died at the scene, while two other firefighters suffered life-threatening injuries, and one was treated at the scene. The survivors were taken to VCU Medical Center.

"Please join Hanover County Fire-EMS as we mourn the death of Lieutenant Brad Clark and keep his family and fellow firefighters in your thoughts and prayers," they said in a news release sent on behalf of Battalion Chief Gregory Martin.

According to state police, the Fire-EMS crew had been responding to a two-vehicle crash on southbound I-295, north of the exit for Meadowbridge Road-Pole Green Road, about 9 p.m. when the tractor-trailer hit the firetruck. Police said the firetruck had all its emergency equipment activated.

The crash occurred as Tropical Storm Michael brought heavy rain and winds, in addition to some tornadoes, to the Richmond metro area.

The crash is under investigation, with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Hanover Sheriff's Office and Henrico County public safety agencies helping at the scene.

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