A car crash on I-94 Wednesday night has left the chief of the Comstock Fire & Rescue dead.

WOODTV reports that Fire Chief Ed Switalski had been responding with firefighters and Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Deputies to a pair of crashes on Eastbound I-94 near Sprinkle Rd. around 10:30pm Wednesday night. They arrived to find empty cars and no injuries, so crews started packing up; as Chief Switalski was standing behind his rescue vehicle, a passing vehicle lost control and crashed into him.

Emergency measures were taken, but Switalski was pronounced dead at the scene; the driver of the car that crashed into him was taken to the hospital with their condition unknown. The crash remains under investigation, with authorities saying that the weather was likely a factor.

Switalski had been Chief of Comstock Fire & Rescue since 2013.

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