09/20/09 107 W - + 10 - 11 McDowell County Firefighter Struck on I-40

FireNews has reported on a McDowell County firefighter who was injured on Interstate 40 early Friday morning. Crooked Creek Fire Department member Kirk Lunsford was working in the median at an accident scene near mile marker 70 near Old Fort when he was struck by a vehicle. He suffered serious injuries to his legs as well as a head injury, and underwent surgery Friday evening. He was listed in good condition Saturday, reports this Citizen Times article. Full recovery of his legs, however, is uncertain, the article reports. The original accident involved an overturn tractor-trailer truck. Two others were transported from the scene.

Very sad news to hear about this. My thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and department. Does anyone know if they were using the new DOT vests or positioning of the apparatus’ on scene?

Speedy recovery Kirk!
CTK - 09/21/09 - 12:58

according to the news he was in his POV and had just witnessed the initial wreck (in the eastbound lane) and:

“After Lunsford exited his vehicle, a westbound vehicle driven by Shawn Buchanan slammed on his brakes and swerved to avoid a slow-moving vehicle in front of him, Dowdle said. Buchanan lost control and struck Lunsford, pinning him against the median.”

No idea if he was wearing an ANSI approved vest or not, or honestly if it would have made a difference. Remember it is a combination of all of those things we do for our safety on the roadway. Proper blocking positioning, cone placement creating taper to and from the workzone, proper scene lighting, taking an extra lane, proper advanced warning, and the use of traffic safety vests.

My thoughts go out to FF Lunsford and his family.
CFP 7021 (Email) - 09/21/09 - 17:48

Thanks for the update Shev. Its terrible that this has happend yet again in the fire service and north carolina. Everyone remember to be careful and be aware of your surroundings and keep in mind what can happen..paid and volunteer…we are all here for the same reason.
CTK - 09/21/09 - 22:56

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