Mike Wilbur

FIRE APPARATUS ROLLS OVER WHILE RESPONDING – WET ROADS POSSIBLY A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR

3 China Grove (North Carolina) Firefighters were injured this morning after the engine they were riding in overturned while responding to an emergency call. The firefighters — George Stewart, Cameron Harwell and Adam Wingler — were all taken to the hospital with minor injuries. At least one of the firefighters was taken to Atrium Health Cabarrus and another to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. The incident occurred shortly before 10:30 a.m. on N.C. 152 and Hope Lane at Interstate 85 and just a few yards from the roundabout at exit 68. It’s not clear if the weather played a part in the crash. However, the rain led to other accidents in Rowan County around the same time. Firefighters were thought to be responding to one of those accidents when the fire engine crashed and overturned. A crash was reported nearby, at mile marker 65 and Old Beatty Ford Road, just before the firetruck overturned. Both China Grove and Bostian Heights fire departments were dispatched to that crash.

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