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Three injured when Raleigh fire truck overturns

Posted July 10, 2009 11:37 a.m. EDT
Updated July 11, 2009 4:50 p.m. EDT

— Three people were injured Friday morning when a fire truck overturned in downtown Raleigh, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Preliminary information indicated that three passengers of the truck were injured. They were taken to WakeMed Hospital. Stephen Ray Page, 40, Kelly Lamotta, 27, and Lt. Jason Robert Lane, 36, were released Friday night.

The driver of the front part of the truck, Roy Thomas McGee III, 41, was not injured.

All of the firefighters are assigned to Fire Station No. 1 at 220 S. Dawson St., Assistant Fire Chief Rusty Styons said.

The truck they were traveling was a tiller truck, or a hook-and-ladder truck. The truck requires two drivers – one in the front to steer the front wheels and a driver in the back to steer the back wheels.

Lane was driving the rear part of the truck, Styons said.

Both drivers of the tiller truck involved in the accident have “extensive experience” driving the vehicle, Styons said. The driver of the front of the vehicle has 15-years of firefighting experience. The driver in the back has 13-years of experience.

The wreck happened at about 10:50 a.m. at the intersection of Dawson and West South streets. The truck was making a left turn from Dawson Street onto West South Street when the driver and the rear driver had a miscommunication about making the left turn or continuing straight, according to the police report.

The truck was responding to an emergency call at 1020 Mark St. at the time of the wreck, Styons said. The fire at that address turned out to be a minor incident.

Dawson Street was closed at Lenoir Street for more than an hour following the wreck. West South Street between Dawson and McDowell streets was closed for more than four hours, Sughrue said.

A street sign belonging to the city of Raleigh sustained about $200 in damage.

The truck, which Styons said is worth $750,000, had significant damage.