Firefighter dies in accident

June 10, 2011

A Pike Township firefighter died in an accident involving three trucks Thursday afternoon. According to police, a box truck traveling on Pendleton Pike rear-ended a semi truck, then crossed the center lane where it hit a pickup truck head-on. The driver of the pickup, off-duty firefighter James Shelly, 35, was killed. Two of Shelly’s four children also were in the pickup. They were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Shelly's wife, who was driving behind her husband, witnessed the event.