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Polk County Firefighter Dies in Car Crash Thursday

The Polk County Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of their own.

In a statement by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 23-year-old Christopher West died in a car accident Thursday afternoon near Fair Grove.

The crash happened on Highway CC just west of Fair Grove, where investigators say a woman turned left along the highway into the path of West’s pick-up truck.

The name of the woman involved in the accident has not been released.

Ambulance crews responded to the scene and rushed West to a local hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

West was a firefighter for the Pleasant Hope Fire Protection District.