Heavy rain early Friday morning possibly contributed to a wreck that injured three firefighters in Forsyth County.
One of the engines responding to a fire at 6095 Vickery Point crashed about 5:30 a.m., at the height of the storms that rolled through, according to Division Chief Jason Shivers with the Forsyth County Fire Department.
The fire truck crashed on Shiloh Road near Mars Hill Road.
“It was a single vehicle crash … the engine left the roadway and overturned on Shiloh Road” said Shivers. “It was at the height of the storm, and they were even driving through a tornado warning at the time. … We cannot say for certain that the weather caused the accident, but there certainly could be a correlation” he said.
Three firefighters were taken to North Fulton Hospital Trauma Center to be evaluated, but the injuries were all minor, and all three were released.
“We buy heavy-duty, well-built, custom-designed, high-end fire engines, which have rollover protection, crash protection and airbag systems to protect the crew. All of those systems worked as expected and no doubt led to the firefighters only receiving minor injuries” said Shivers.
Shivers said the accident is under investigation, and that the data recorder on the fire engine should provide extra information.
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