Roanoke County volunteer fire chief involved in crash

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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.