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Firefighter critically injured in ATV wreck

Posted December 3, 2008 5:22 p.m. EST
Updated December 4, 2008 9:12 a.m. EST

— A firefighter was in critical condition Wednesday with injuries suffered when an all-terrain vehicle that he and another firefighter were riding collided with a car, authorities said.

The wreck occurred at about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday on Buffaloe Road in the Archer's Lodge community of Johnston County.

Andrew Johnson was in WakeMed on Wednesday with a serious head injury, said Pete Barnes, chief of the Archer's Lodge Volunteer Fire Department. Johnson has worked for the department for several years and also works full-time for the Raleigh Fire Department, he said.

Kirby Turner, who works full-time with the Rocky Mount Fire Department in addition to serving in the Archer's Lodge department, was treated at the hospital and released, Barnes said.

Both men were off duty when the wreck occurred.

The state Highway Patrol is investigating the case.