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Cairo firefighter identified as victim of crash

Staff Report

Authorities Tuesday released the name of the person killed in an accident Monday on U.S. 50 east of Parkersburg.

Chad D. Kilburn, 60, Cairo, was killed in the accident at Red Hill Road and U.S. 50, Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said.

Kilburn was driving a 2014 Harley-Davidson three-wheel trike that was in a collision with a 2007 Chrysler Town and Country driven by Leonard Flowers, 72, Elizabeth, Stephens said.

Kilburn was driving west on Route 50 and the van, going east, made a left turn into the trike, causing the driver of the trike to be ejected, the sheriff’s department said on Monday.

The accident remains under investigation by the Wood County Crash Team. Stephens said investigators will speak to prosecutors to determine if any charges are to be filed.

Kilburn served in the Cairo Volunteer Fire Department.

The fire department expressed its sympathy to the family, saying he dedicated nearly 10 years of service to the fire department during which time he served as lieutenant. He was a former paramedic who “touched many lives,” the fire department said.

“Sometimes God has to break our hearts to prove He only takes the best. Rest easy Chad, we’ll take it from here,” the fire department said.

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