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Mehdi Mourad


While responding to a multiple vehicle accident, Firefighter Mehdi Mourad lost control of the vehicle he was driving and rear-ended another vehicle that was stopped on the side of the interstate due to severe weather. Mourad was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated. He was then taken to Carle Hospital where he passed away during surgery around 10:30 p.m. 

Mourad had only served with the Wabash Fire Protection District for 5 days. The 2 passengers in the other vehicle were reportedly taken to an area hospital but expected to make a full recovery. 

Incident Location: I-57 in Illinois, milepost 188

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

Department information

Wabash Fire Protection District
3287 Lake Road
Mattoon, Illinois 61938

Chief: Jerry Schultz

Age: 21
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: June 27, 2021 4:30 p.m.
Date of death: June 27, 2021
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Responding
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Street/Road

Last updated: August 31, 2021