According to state police, Brumlow was traveling south on U.S. 127 when a Boyle County emergency vehicle driven by Williams crossed three traffic lanes and crashed into the driver's side door of Brumlow's 1999 Cadillac. Two passengers in Brumlow's car, Carol Brumlow and Amy Brumlow, were treated at EMRMC and released.
KSP reconstructing accident
KSP accident reconstructionists were at the site on Sunday and briefly on Monday before being dispatched to other emergency calls. They have not yet completed their investigation, Trooper Chris Lanham said Tuesday.
"I've heard two different stories. One, that (Williams) ran a red light, and the other that his foot slipped off the clutch and the vehicle lurched into the intersection," Lanham said. "Eventually, we'll get back out there and take a better look at it."
Williams, who was traveling west on Ky. 300, said he did not run through the red light, but had nearly stopped at the intersection when his foot slipped off the brake.
"I didn't run it," Williams said." I was pretty much stopped when my foot came off the brake."
Williams, who volunteers for both the Junction City Fire Department and the county's emergency services, said he was returning from back-to-back fire runs when the accident occurred. He responded to a fire that destroyed an abandoned house on Cream Ridge and then went to a call on Lausman Avenue where smoke was reported but no fire was discovered, he said.
Williams was driving a rescue equipment vehicle, a modified four-wheel-drive truck owned by the county's Engine Co. 4 on Airport Road in Junction City.
Vehicle not in emergency mode
The vehicle was not in emergency mode, meaning it was not responding to a call with lights and sirens in operation, when the accident occurred, state police said.
Boyle Judge Executive Tony Wilder said that Williams is on a list of volunteer emergency responders that are paid a stipend when they respond to fire or emergency calls. As a volunteer with both the county and Junction City Fire Department, Williams was authorized to drive the truck, which is housed at the Junction City fire station on Main Street, not the county fire facility on Airport Road, Wilder said. Williams said he was returning the truck to the Main Street station when the accident occurred.
"We are told that his foot slipped off the brake," Wilder said Tuesday, adding that he was waiting for the accident investigation to be completed before commenting further.
"It's a terrible tragedy for the family that lost a life, it's a terrible tragedy for this young man."
A memorial service for Brumlow will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Dunnville Christian Church.