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Firefighter Struck and Killed While Clearing Road Debris

A North Carolina volunteer firefighter was struck and killed by a pick-up truck while cleaning storm debris.

Around midnight on October 8, firefighters were dispatched to the site of a tree blocking the roadway. While two firefighters were clearing the debris, a pick-up truck slammed into one of the men. The truck then struck the victim’s vehicle, which crashed into the fire truck. The firefighter died instantly. The fire department said that he was wearing a safety vest, turnout gear and the emergency lights on his vehicle were illuminated, and the emergency lights were illuminated on another patrol car and truck at the time of the crash.

The driver of the truck has been charged with felony by death of a motor vehicle, driving while impaired, no operator’s license, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to reports. He told police that he had smoked a joint earlier in the day, but that he was not impaired at the time of the crash.

The deceased firefighter leaves behind a wife and two children.

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