11/29/11 125 W - + 3 - 6 Black Mountain Firefighters Struck at Accident Scene

The Asheville Citizen-Times this morning has details on last night's responder accident in Black Mountain. Two firefighters and a police cruiser with an officer inside were struck at an accident scene on Interstate 40. The incident began as a single-vehicle accident in the westbound lanes shortly after 5:00 p.m. The traffic was heavy, the rain was heavy, and the roadway consisted of a slight curve going downhill. A few minutes after the first crash, the second vehicle hydroplaned into the police cruiser, which was pushed into the firefighters tending to the first driver. The firefighters and police officer were transported with minor injuries to Mission Hospital about 5:30 p.m. Read the Citizen-Times story. See also this WLOS video report.

Truck placement and positioning is so important when on the highway. Never be afraid to take the extra lane or call for additional trucks to respond for the sole purpose of blocking for you. Put as much between traffic and your incident as you can. The boys and girls from Cary, Morrisville, Raleigh and Western Wake along I-40 are doing a great job of this with up to 3 engines a ladder and rescue responding to most every call type out there, it may sound crazy but you can always replace a truck, you cant replace a person.
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