Firefighter, 39, dies following crash on Route 102


BURRILVILLE – A Harrisville firefighter and father of two died from his injuries following a four-vehicle collision on Route 102 on Wednesday afternoon.

Ryan Ferris, 39, of Harrisville was pronounced dead in the evening of Wednesday, March 13, as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Ferris was a member of the Harrisville Fire Department and a graduate of Burrillville High School. He was married to Danielle (Jenness) Ferris, and a father of two daughters, ages 10 and 2.

Ferris, who started volunteering for the department at age 15, was reportedly on his way to pick up his daughter from school.

According to a release from the Burrillville Police Department, all four vehicles involved in the crash were traveling southbound prior to the accident. Officers were called to the scene at the intersection of Broncos Highway and East Avenue around 2:40 p.m.

Two cars were disabled in the roadway and a third, driven by Ferris, was pinned underneath a commercial box truck off the side of the busy highway.

Rescue crews from Harrisville, Oakland/Mapleville, Pascoag and West Glocester assisted Burrillville police at the scene. Firefighters extricated Ferris from his car, which was trapped beneath the truck, and he was transported to Rhode Island Hospital via life flight.

Several other individuals in the accident reportedly sustained minor injuries.

On Wednesday night, Burrillville police Col. Stephen Lynch confirmed with NRI NOW that the man was a local firefighter, and had died from his injuries. In a release around 11 a.m. Thursday, Lynch confirmed that Ferris was the victim.

Flags were raised at half staff across town, and a silent parade of emergency responders drove through Burrillville Thursday evening in honor of the lost firefighter.

The accident is still under investigation by BPD with help from the Rhode Island State Police Commercial Enforcement Unit and Accident Reconstruction Team.

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