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Firetruck crash in North Carolina leads to two suspensions

Two firefighters from the Charlotte Fire Department in North Carolina have been suspended, according to the department itself, after a truck that they were in flipped over and crashed. The crash happened around 8:30 a.m., near the intersection where Bridgehampton Road and Ardrey Kell meet.

Four firefighters were in the truck when it crashed, and they all suffered from minor injuries, for which they were given treatment. No additional vehicles played a part in the accident.

The Major Crash Unit that is connected to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department carried out the investigation. What they found was that the main reason for the crash was speed. It appears that the driver was going about 44 mph on a section of the road where the limit is 25 mph.

After it flipped over, the truck skidded along for roughly 25 feet. Then, ironically, the firetruck itself caught on fire. A second truck showed up at the crash site, and they doused the flames. The first truck, however, was totaled.

Two people were suspended, one for a single week and the other for two weeks. Both of them will not be given pay while serving their suspensions.

The truck was responding to a call at the time, which was said to be an emergency medial situation.

After a truck accident, even one that happens on the job, those who are hurt should know what rights they have and who is responsible for their medical bills, whether that is the department that they work for or the driver who was responsible for the crash. All situations are different, but understanding these rights can help the injured to avoid high bills for injuries they should not have sustained.

Source: The Charlotte Observer, "2 Charlotte firefighters suspended following vehicle accident" Hilary Trenda, Jun. 14, 2014

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