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Fire truck struck during rescue call

By Mark Price
msprice@charlotteobserver.com

A Charlotte Fire Department engine from Station 3 on Monroe Road was struck by another vehicle as it responded to a rescue call Thursday night near the intersection of Independence Boulevard and Eastway Drive, Fire Department spokesman Rob Brisley said.

The four firefighters in the truck were not injured, but they helped free two passengers of the other vehicle involved in the collision, officials said. The two passengers of the sedan were taken to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries, Brisley said.

The accident occurred shortly after 10:30 p.m. as Engine 3 from the Monroe Road station was headed west on Independence Boulevard to aid in a rescue. A sedan with two passengers struck the left side of the truck as it prepared to turn, and both vehicles came to rest against the concrete median, Brisley said.

He added that the firefighters immediately exited and began freeing the sedan’s passengers.

The accident is under investigation. Brisley said the fire truck had its lights and sirens on at the time of the accident.

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