The Atlantic City Fire Department is mourning the death of firefighter Kevin Evans, 39.

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — An Atlantic City firefighter was killed in a car crash Monday night, police said.

Kevin Evans, 39, was behind the wheel of a sport utility vehicle heading east on Route 30 near Frankfurt Avenue at 11:51 p.m. when it went off the road, police said.

The SUV broke a utility pole, struck a concrete barrier and came to a rest in a drainage ditch just east of Frankfurt Avenue. Police said Evans, the only person in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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It was not immediately clear what caused the vehicle to leave the roadway. The weather was dry and clear and the vehicle sustained head-on damage, police said in a news release. Evans was not wearing a seat belt.

The crash closed the White Horse Pike for 2½ hours while the roadway was cleared and crews from Atlantic City Electric repaired the damaged pole and restored power, police said.

Evans is a fifth-generation firefighter and the brother of former Atlantic City Mayor Scott Evans, also a firefighter. Kevin Evans was sworn into the force in June 2007.

Firefighters from Station 1, where Evans worked, said they could not comment on his death, deferring all questions to Chief Dennis Brooks. Brooks could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Word of Evans’ death quickly spread online.

“I will never forget the incredible meals you cooked for us nightworks,” Atlantic City firefighter Jamieson Allen wrote on Facebook. “I will never forget all the good times we had while working at Station 1. God Bless your family in this tough time.”

Staff Writers Lynda Cohen and Caitlin Dineen contributed to this report.

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