UPDATE: The Memphis firefighter killed in Wednesday’s crash has been identified as David Pleasant.

Pleasant was the driver of Truck 5 stationed at Fire Station 8.

Watch for more updates today on WREG.com.


MEMPHIS, Tenn.– A Memphis firefighter was killed and three firefighters and a civilian were injured in a crash Wednesday night in South Memphis.

The crash happened at the intersection of E.H. Crump Boulevard and Wellington just after 8 p.m.

Scene at E.H. Crump and Wellington (Bria Jones, WREG)

According to the City of Memphis, the fire department was responding to a fire in the 500 block of Cambridge Avenue when an MFD truck was involved in a crash.

The city said four firefighters were transported to the Regional One Trauma unit, but one firefighter did not survive their injuries.

A witness at a nearby Mapco station who did not want to be identified said that he heard the fire engine’s siren and horn blowing before he heard the crash.

The Memphis Fire Department released this statement on its Facebook page:

Tonight, we suffered a great loss. Please keep the Memphis Fire Department and the families of the firefighters involved in your prayers.

My deepest condolences to the family of the firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty tonight and to the Memphis Fire Department family who lost one of their own

Twitter – Mayor Jim Strickland @MayorMemphis

The other three firefighters were taken to the hospital and released Thursday morning.

No update has been released on the condition of the civilian injured in this crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown, but Memphis Police say that there is surveillance video that could help them investigate the crash.