Pitt County Firetruck in a Two-Vehicle Collision

I’m Brian Ricci, a Pitt County personal injury lawyer. An accident occurred on highway 264, Tuesday morning involving a Pitt County firetruck and ended with one person suffering an injury and damage to both vehicles.

What Happened

A pickup truck crashed with a Pitt County firetruck heading to an emergency from the Pactolus Volunteer Fire & Rescue department on June 20th at around 9:15 a.m. The crash occurred near the intersection of Old Creek Road and Highway 264. The firetruck received some damage, but the entire front end of the pickup was destroyed, forcing emergency responders to cut 66-year-old Arthur Bonner, of Belhaven from the wreckage. According to Highway Patrol Trooper J. Bullard, firefighters in the truck were uninjured; however, the pickup truck driver received an injury and was transported to Vidant Medical Center for treatment. Following the accident, a portion of US-264 was closed to traffic as the highway patrol investigated the scene. The investigation concluded that the firetruck was responding to an emergency and attempting to head east on US-264 as it was leaving the fire station. All traffic at the intersection, a car and tractor trailer, had come to a complete stop. Bonner’s pickup truck entered the intersection, failed to stop, crossed the median, and hit the firetruck head on. Bonner is facing several charges, including failure to wear a seat belt and failure to reduce speed.

Be Aware of Emergency Vehicles

Drivers should always be aware of their surroundings, and especially take caution when they see or hear and emergency response vehicle approaching. In North Carolina, drivers should immediately drive to the right-hand edge or curb and should stop and remain in that position until the emergency vehicle has passed. This requirement applies to most traffic on the road, regardless of the direction of travel. Failure to yield the right-of-way, can lead the motorist to face steep fines as well as risking the lives of everyone on the road, and at the emergency the vehicle is traveling to. In this case, Bonner should have heeded the words of Trooper Bullard at the scene, “Slow down and pull over on to the shoulder, that’s all we ask drivers to do. Allow us to pass by and do our job and go to where help is needed.”

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Sources: https://www.ncdot.gov/initiatives-policies/safety/driving-safety/Pages/driving-laws.aspx