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Raleigh fire truck crashes, slams into tree

Posted December 17, 2008
Updated December 18, 2008

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— Four Raleigh firefighters were involved in a crash Wednesday evening while responding to an emergency call. Their pumper slammed into a tree just before 7 p.m. on St. Albans Drive, near Hardimont Road.

"Engine 9 was one of the engines we sent on the response, but they never made it,” Raleigh Fire Chief John McGrath said.

McGrath said Engine 9 was rounding a corner on St. Albans Drive when it hit a patch of mud on the road. The driver lost control.

"They skidded for approximately 100 yards, hit a guardrail and the apparatus flipped over,” McGrath said.

The men inside the truck were not seriously injured, McGrath said.

Traffic was backed up along St. Albans Drive until the fire truck was towed. The pumper sustained significant damage but can be repaired, McGrath said.

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  • fireguy Dec 18, 2008

    Fire Truck accidents are very common. They are not all in NC but if you go to Firehouse.com or a similar firefighter news site you will see a apparatus accident almost daily.

    Go to youtube.com and look up - St Louis fire truck accident. 2 trucks hit each other.

    As a Fulltime Firefighter/driver There is def. a rush to driving to a structure fire but it is also very dangerous everytime.

    Stay strong Brothers
    FTM-PTB

  • Historian snuck back in Dec 18, 2008

    That's one way to get a cat out of the tree{;o)

    I'm glad everyone is okay!!!

  • Love my boys Dec 18, 2008

    Glad everybody is okay.

  • familyfour Dec 18, 2008

    chuck fina....so true...

    I am glad they are okay....I suppose it is hard for them not to get in a rush....after all...they are there to rescue/help/assist us! They are in "mission mode"....I just hope they do it carefully....volunteers and servicemen are hard enough to come by as it is!

  • Imagine 722 Dec 18, 2008

    Imacoppiceman: Agreed!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Imagine 722 Dec 18, 2008

    Prayers to all these guys. My boyfriend is a firefighter on Raleigh as well, but thank God not Engine 9. I'm sure it's not the easiest thing in the world to drive a firetruck. Way harder than driving a school bus.

  • imacoppiceman Dec 18, 2008

    Prayers to all those involved, your job is hard enough without having " Joe public" who doesn't have the courage to do your job, telling you how it should be done.....

  • DougWare.NET Dec 18, 2008

    Has anyone seen the Firetruck Fail video?
    http://tinyurl.com/3j4dj5

    As a former EMS crew member, Ambulances and Firetrucks are given leeway when responding to calls. However, they do not have the "right" to simply ignore safe driving conditions and run stop-lights. Secondly, having an accident responding to a scene only complicates issues, now there are two scenes.

  • Chuck Fina Dec 18, 2008

    The laws of physics do not yield to emergency vehicles.

  • BELLA28 Dec 18, 2008

    Glad no one was hurt. But St Albans drive doesnt need an accident for backed up traffic! :)

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