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N.C. State students recovering after crash into fire truck

Posted June 14, 2009

— Two North Carolina State University students are recovering from injuries suffered in a crash Saturday morning when their car hit the back of a parked fire truck that was responding to a vehicle fire on Interstate 40 east near Aviation Parkway.

Aubrey Marett, 21, was driving at about 65 mph at the time of the crash, Morrisville Public Information Officer Stacie Galloway said.

Neither Marett, nor passenger, Kristen Carter, 29, was wearing a seat belt. Marett was in listed in fair condition and Carter in good condition Saturday morning, a Wake Med spokesman said.

No firefighters were injured.

Emergency crews shut down all but one lane of I-40 near the crash, which happened around 4:30 a.m., Galloway said.

“When the (Morrisville Fire Department) responds to accidents on I-40, the first engine on scene starts incident mitigation and the second engine parks further back from the scene to act as a traffic calming device,” according to Fire Chief Todd Wright. “Cones are placed even further back from the scene.”

The women’s car hit the cones at full speed and did not brake before hitting the fire truck, officials said. The car was totaled and the fire truck sustained cosmetic damage, Wright said.

Charges are pending, Galloway said.


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  • Whatever Geez Jun 16, 2009

    Aubrey has all kinds of charges against her and I'm sure more to come. According to the other charges, they took away her license for 30 days...why was she still driving? There were some kids around this area who are known to drink and one guy had already been caught drinking and driving...3 weeks later....he was killed and left one of his friends as a vegetable...why get into a car with someone that is not responsible.

  • Whatever Geez Jun 16, 2009


    Worry more about the fact they are super lucky to be alive and not what is written up here.

  • corvair024 Jun 15, 2009

    To Whom it may concern. The passenger is KRISTA Carter not Kristen Carter..she is my sister. Krista was wearing her seatbelt while the driver was not. Not only that...NEITHER of them are State students...don't trust what you read on the news at face value.

  • hpr641 Jun 15, 2009

    sorry about the truncation ...

    for those drivers < 25yo wondering why your insurance rates are so high, here's one reason.

  • gingerlynn Jun 15, 2009

    Well Ms. Marett already has a court date for DUI and drinking under 21. Since she turned 21 in April this must be an earlier charge in ADDITION to this weekends tragedy


  • NCSU2004 Jun 15, 2009

    Was alcohol involved? It was either that or she fell asleep.

  • hpr641 Jun 15, 2009

    mrduright: If we all "got what we deserved," we'd all be dead by now.

    A 21yo driver, a 29yo passenger, accident occured at 4:30am on a Sat. morning, driver ran through the cones positioned well behind the firetruck, lights on all the emergency vehicles were on, yet the driver did not slow from 65mph before colliding with the fire truck ... for those drivers

  • Whatever Geez Jun 15, 2009

    notice the sign on the back of the truck....keep back 500 feet...she must have been tired or something....and why were they driving on 40 without seatbelts...how stupid was that?

  • jprime Jun 15, 2009

    Seriously, who doesnt wear seatbelts these days? Especially going 65 mph on I-40.

  • Jakester Jun 15, 2009

    Maybe the driver was blind??? Or texting???? How could you miss the big red truck with flashing lights??? DUH!!!!