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

Posted June 14, 2009 6:41 a.m. EDT
Updated June 14, 2009 3:37 p.m. EDT

— 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.