UPDATE: Volunteer firefighter killed while responding to crash in Botetourt County

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A volunteer firefighter died Thursday while on the scene of a crash on Route 220 in Botetourt County, according to Virginia State Police.

The Eagle Rock Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 220 at Catawba Creek Road. Around 3:10 p.m., a 55-year-old fire department employee was backing up a firetruck to block the roadway when the truck hit another fire department member.

Roger Johns, 63, of Eagle Rock was serving as a ground guide when the truck backed into him. Johns later died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation. Charges are pending.


State Police is investigating a fatal crash that happened Friday in Botetourt County.

Botetourt County says a volunteer firefighter who was responding to a crash on Thursday has died. The county could not give out any additional information.


A Botetourt County firefighter was injured while responding to a crash Friday afternoon.

A county official says crews were responding to an emergency call, when a volunteer firefighter was injured on the scene of the accident.

The county plans to give out more information as it becomes available.


A crash on 220 North in Botetourt County caused major delays Friday afternoon, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The crash happened near Catawba Creek Road.

At one point, all northbound lanes are closed. The lanes have since re-opened.