BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. — An off-duty City of Huntington firefighter died in a head-on crash near Barboursville Thursday morning, authorities said.


John Lambert

John Lambert, 27, of Ranger, was driving a car on Cyrus Creek Road that went across the center line and struck an oncoming box truck owned by Ashley Furniture at around 8 a.m. Police said it doesn’t appear speed or alcohol were factors in the wreck.

Two workers in the box truck were not seriously injured.

Lambert joined the Huntington Fire Department last September. He was still on probationary status.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams provided the following statement:

“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.”

Fire Chief Jan Rader and Ray Canafax, president of International Association of Firefighters Local 289, provided 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.”

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