Burton firefighter died in head-on crash with gravel truck

A photo of Joshua Cervantes sits on his rack at Burton Fire Station No. 1 on Thursday.
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OAKLAND COUNTY (WJRT) (9/27/2018) - Burton firefighter Josh Cervantes died in a head-on crash with a gravel hauler early Wednesday, according to investigators.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said Cervantes was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado east on Oakwood Road around 5:20 a.m. when he crossed the center line into the path of a westbound 2019 Peterbilt semi truck.

Cervantes' truck collided head-on with the Peterbilt and he died on the scene. The 43-year-old Oxford Township man driving the semi truck suffered minor injuries.

Police say alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but investigators were trying to determine whether Cervantes was wearing a seat belt.

The Burton Fire Department posted a photo on Facebook showing Cervantes' fire coat hung for the final time in Station No. 1.

Assistant Fire Chief Kirk Wilkinson said Cervantes, 26, joined the fire department in July 2017 and had resigned for personal reasons about a week before he died.

"Josh was a hard worker who got along with everyone at his station and was well liked," Wilkinson said in a statement. "Josh was also a husband and a father."

Cervantes leaves behind a wife and three kids. Funeral arrangements were not announced Thursday.