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N.C. firefighters discover their stolen SUV wrecked at fatal crash scene

The fire vehicle, which Mount Airy members were unaware had been stolen, flipped multiple times and ejected the driver, who was found dead on arrival


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By Simone Jasper
The Charlotte Observer

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Firefighters raced to the site of a deadly crash and found their own SUV had been wrecked, officials said.

The Mount Airy Fire Department in North Carolina said crews were on the scene when they realized the crashed SUV had been stolen from their parking lot. The driver then wrecked the vehicle near U.S. Highway 52 and Fancy Gap Road, officials wrote in a news release.

Firefighters were called to the crash scene at about 4 a.m. on Monday.

“The subject was ejected and was found dead on arrival,” the fire department wrote. “The vehicle had flipped several times and come to rest on the island there at Fancy Gap Road.”

The Mount Airy Police Department, which reportedly is investigating the crash, didn’t immediately share additional information with McClatchy News on Oct. 11.

Mount Airy is roughly 40 miles northwest of Winston-Salem. It’s considered the inspiration for the fictional town Mayberry on “The Andy Griffith Show.”


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