Tuscarawas County, Ohio - The New Philadelphia Highway Patrol post is investigating a hit-and-run crash that injured a Wayne Township volunteer firefighter early Saturday morning. 

Sgt. Robert Simone says the 28-year-old firefighter was riding his bicycle eastbound on Trail Bottom Road when he was struck by a white Ford F-250 traveling in the same direction. 

“We got a call just after 1 in the morning, I believe it was 1:05 that there was a bicyclist hit by a white truck. The truck fled the scene.”

Simone says the firefighter was transported to Cleveland Clinic Union Hosptial where he was treated for minor injuries and released later that evening. He says officers patrolled the area and attempted to locate the vehicle but were unsuccessful.

“We did search the area for it in addition to the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Department, with their assistance. We were unable to locate that vehicle,” he says.

Simone says the crash remains under investigation, and they’re still looking for the driver of that vehicle.

“We’re still trying to follow up on any leads that we may get or anything like that, but at this time we don’t have anyone or any vehicle pinpointed,” he says. 

Wayne Township Fire Chief Joseph Miller says the firefighter was on his way to help put out a fire at an external storage shed in the 9000 block of Trail Bottom Road NW when the crash occurred. He says they were able to put out the fire quickly and returned to service in a little less than an hour. He says there were no injuries but some equipment was destroyed. 


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