ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS 10) - A long-time Roanoke County volunteer fire chief had to be hospitalized after a single-vehicle crash early Tuesday morning.
The crash happened at about 4 a.m. in the 4900 block of Keffer Road.
Volunteer Fire Chief Jerry Caldwell was driving to a rural fire and rescue station responding to a fire call, according to the Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department. Police determined his vehicle hit a patch of ice, causing the vehicle to run off the road and hit a tree. Investigators don't believe speed was a factor.
Caldwell was transported to a local hospital for multiple serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
Chief Caldwell has been the fire chief of the Catawba Fire Company for 40 years.