Richard L Sales, Fire Chief

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Fire Chief Richard L. Sales was killed in a single vehicle crash while traveling on fire department business. According to initial reports, Sales was on I-40 Eastbound when he struck barriers in the middle of the road, lost control of his vehicle, and went down an embankment onto roadways below before coming to a stop. The cause of the wreck is still under investigation, but the local news reported it was the same area where a motorcyclist and the driver of a semi-trailer died in separate wrecks on March 31, 2018.

Incident Location: I-40, Statesville, NC 28677 (U.S. National Grid: 17S MV 9922 5829)

Department information

Reynolds Volunteer Fire Department
235 Charlotte HWY
U.S. National Grid: 17S LV 6615 3523
Asheville, North Carolina 28803

Chief: Assistant Fire Chief Kenneth Ledford

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 52
Rank: Fire Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: April 8, 2018 09:30
Date of death: April 8, 2018
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Street/Road