4 NC fire trucks damaged in crashes over the weekend

The apparatus from four different departments in Davidson and Randolph counties were involved in three separate crashes

By Laura French

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Four apparatus from four fire departments in two neighboring North Carolina counties were damaged in crashes over the weekend. 

The fire trucks from Davidson and Randolph counties were involved in three separate incidents between Friday and Saturday, according to The Courier-Tribune. 

The first incident occurred Friday morning when a car struck a Linwood Rural Fire Department truck that was blocking the road at the scene of another two-vehicle collision. The driver of the car was severely injured and the apparatus is out of commission due to damage to its back right corner, according to Linwood Fire Chief Terry Leonard. 

The second incident occurred when a vehicle struck the back of a Westside Volunteer Fire Department truck while it was responding to a multi-vehicle crash Friday night. No one was injured in the apparatus collision and the Westside truck was also taken out of service due to the damage, Westside Fire Chief Racil Williamson said. 

The third incident occurred Saturday night when a car hit the door of a Guil-Rand Fire Department truck, causing minimal damage. A Fairgrove Fire Department truck responding to the same emergency was also scratched during the incident. Both trucks had their lights on at the time and no one was injured, according to Guil-Rand Fire Department Assistant Chief Chris White. 

Leonard said the incidents highlight the dangers firefighters face on roadways and put out a plea for drivers to pay more attention and move over for emergency vehicles.

"It's getting out of hand," Leanard said, according to The Courier-Tribune. 

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