Update: State Trooper Airlifted After Crashing Into Fire Truck


Bath Co., VA - According to State Police, both Trooper G.W. Johnson, Jr. and firefighter Richard Cauthorn III were released from the hospital Saturday night. Firefighter Robert Leon Burke was transferred to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

State Police say Trooper Johnson was responding to a call when a Millboro Volunteer Fire truck pulled out in front of him Friday night. Johnson was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Cauthorn and Burke were transported by ambulance to Bath Community Hospital.


Bath Co., VA - A Virginia State Trooper had to be airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital Friday night after an accident involving a fire pumper truck.

According to state police spokesperson Lt. Bob Carpentieri, Trooper G.W. Johnson, Jr. was responding to assist the Bath County Sheriff's Department on a domestic call at 8:30 p.m. with his emergency equipment activated on Route 220.

As Trooper Johnson neared the crest of a hill, the fire truck with the Millboro Volunteer Fire Department began to pull out of a side road and was hit by the state police cruiser.

Trooper Johnson's injuries and condition are unknown.

The driver of the fire truck, Robert Leon Burke, 74, of Millboro, and his passenger, Richard Mason Cauthorn III, 65, were both taken by ambulance to Bath Community Hospital for their injuries.

The Ford Crown Victoria that Trooper Johnson was driving was totaled in the crash, Carpentieri said.