FD INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT

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p dir=”ltr”>Courtesy of wtvr.com

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p dir=”ltr”>I-85 accident leaves fire engine split in half: ‘It’s the first time I’ve seen a cab knocked off’

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p dir=”ltr”>DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. – The driver of a semi that slammed into a deputy’s cruiser and split a fire truck in half on I-85 early Sunday has been charged with reckless driving.

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p dir=”ltr”>The semi hit the fire engine around 1:30 a.m. as the engine was helping block off the right lane of I-85 because of an earlier accident.

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p dir=”ltr”>Debris from the truck, the fire engine, and a deputy’s cruiser that was also hit littered the interstate.

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p dir=”ltr”>”It’s the first time I’ve seen a cab knocked off a fire truck before,” retired firefighter Jack Sullivan said.

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p dir=”ltr”>For 15 years, Sullivan has tracked what are known as secondary accidents when a driver hits an emergency vehicle already responding to a scene.

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p dir=”ltr”>”The damage that was done to the truck, my initial reaction there was almost certainly fatalities involved,” Sullivan. “Fortunately the folks in Dinwiddie were doing everything they were supposed to be doing setting up on the scene.”

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p dir=”ltr”>Cleanup lasted well into Sunday afternoon.