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Cary fire engine involved in wreck near Green Hope High School

Posted April 18, 2013

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— A fire truck responding to a medical call at Green Hope High School in Cary Thursday afternoon was involved in a wreck outside the school, a spokeswoman for the town said.

There were no serious injuries reported.

The wreck, which happened around 2:45 p.m. at 2407 Carpenter Upchurch Road, involved one other vehicle, but the cause was not immediately clear.

Another engine ended up responding to the school for the original medical call, the spokeswoman said.

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  • RAA0013 Apr 22, 2013

    I drive that road 4 times a day and many of the GHHS kids drive like the movie Fast and the Furious after school and especially at lunch time. Many show no regard to changing lanes when it is not legal, pulling out in front of other cars, many follow too close and I see lots of excessive speeding (pretty little metallic emerald green sports car was going at least 75 on that road two weeks ago). I have contacted the school 3 times in the past few years when it got exceptionally dangerous - like the time I had a to go cup of some liquid explode on my windshield thrown by the kids in front of me. I watched them turn into the school parking lot after racing another car to get there. I am not trying to get the kids in trouble - I just don't want to see them, myself or anyone else die from their foolishness. And yes - I am sure it is GHHS kids as you can easily see the parking tag hanging in the front window. I think they forget it is there. I wish they would slow down and be safer.

  • ICTrue Apr 19, 2013

    "I have seen in Cary far too many instances where wide, heavy fire equipment is driven too fast, crossing oncoming traffic lanes endangering lives AND property when there is a small wreck at the end of their target. The ladder trucks driven too often when there is no need for aerial approach! This is a waste! Then they drive these in afternoon traffic just to exercise the unit and keep drivers in practice. This should be done at night or early morning," williammjohnston

    You're right...of course questioning town workers in any way, no matter how wrong they are, will get some panties in a bunch around here, as you have seen.

  • mewubbau Apr 19, 2013

    Let me preface by saying I haven't read any of the comments yet, BUT just earlier this week I had asked my daughter while driving her to school in the a.m., who attends GHHS, how would emergency vehicles get to the school if something happened during the morning carpool? It's a madhouse getting in and out of there and the majority of the kids heed to nothing while making their way into the parking lot. I've been there a handful of times for afternoon pick up and it looks about the same. My daughter, who rides an afternoon bus, said they are repaving and have been digging a ditch on the side of this two lane road for awhile now which has impeded and added to the chaos of the afternoon. I am surprised there are not more accidents every morning and afternoon around the school.

  • DangYankee Apr 19, 2013

    My son was the passenger in this car. He and the driver are fine (my son was checked out in the ER at WakeMed-Apex). The car, not so much; it's totaled. There was no texting going on, but as they turned a curve on Jenks-Carpenter road, the car in front of them slammed on the brakes when they (the other car) saw (no sirens were on at that point) the oncoming fire engine, rather than pulling over on the shoulder. The fire engine was en route to Green Hope HS, as two people had fainted.

    Fortunately my son was the one that called to tell me he and his friend were in an accident, not the police. Let me tell you, I hope none of you, as parents, ever get that call.

  • fireguy Apr 18, 2013

    @williammjohnston - apparently you have no idea what you are talking about. The reason why your insurance rates are what they are is because of the amount of fire apparatus that respond to your house. A brush truck also is not capable of putting out a house fire as it can not produce the amount of water needed. Now you say send a smaller unit and then have others come after they determine it is burning. A fire doubles in size every 30 seconds, I'm sure your family stuck inside the house would love that. If you do not like the way Cary fire department responds to calls you should move out to the county where you have an ISO rating of 9 and you will pay Triple the insurance. You will also have volunteers which will do there best to get to your house but there will be no guarantee. This seems like the protection your looking for.

    I am a town of Cary resident and a firefighter in another county, I am very impressed and thankful with the response from the town of Cary.

  • godshelper Apr 18, 2013

    williammjohnston.....

    Go Home...Ain't nobody got time for that! CFD, Thanks for doing the job you do.

  • Otis89 Apr 18, 2013

    I suppose you all think that the CFD is just so unprofessional and simply doing these things to cause inconvienence to you. Well, i work closely with them on certain responses they go to ( Fire, EMS and CPD) so if it was your life, family, car, house, etc, you might be more appreciative of their services. I work in Cary all day in a truck and I see how you people drive. It's simple- hear the sirens, stop and let them go. Pay attention. Seriously.

  • rlk Apr 18, 2013

    I have often wondered why they send the big trucks to every rescue call. I know the first responders are fire fighters, but it seems to be such a waste for the first responders to be sent, along with the rescue squad. In our area, many times the first responders arrive after the rescue squad personnel.

    Tree Farmer

  • editor nc Apr 18, 2013

    williammjohnston, i bet you r opinion would be different if there was a fire at your house. or the fender bender's occupant was having a heart-attack. But, of course, you know what all the calls are before the firemen do.
    The way I see it, if the other vehicle is bigger than mine, HE has the right of way...always. But, if there is an emergency vehicle nearby, PULL-OVER!

  • williammjohnston Apr 18, 2013

    In my opinion: Unless there is an actual fire or great likelihood of fire, these big, heavy, EXPENSIVE fire engines should be driven slower to an event with an appropriate lead vehicle equipped for fire extinguishing
    like a manned brush truck which can respond faster and more safely. I have seen in Cary far too many instances where wide, heavy fire equipment is driven too fast, crossing oncoming traffic lanes endangering lives AND property when there is a small wreck at the end of their target. The ladder trucks driven too often when there is no need for aerial approach! This is a waste! Then they drive these in afternoon traffic just
    to exercise the unit and keep drivers in practice. This should be done at night or early morning,

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