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2 hurt after fire truck runs off mountain, nearly lands in lake

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Posted at 12:03 PM, Jan 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-15 12:05:16-05

HENDERSONVILLE, SC — Two firefighters were injured responding to a crash Wednesday morning when their fire truck rolled off a mountain in  Henderson County, according to a report from WHNS.

Major Frank Stout said the rollover occurred about 8 a.m. inside Carriage Park, a Hendersonville mountain home community. Stout said the fire truck from Mountain Home Fire Department was driving on a very steep and icy road, which led to the truck rolling off the mountain. Officials said the truck nearly rolled into Lake Bowen.

Firetruck rolls off mountain (SOURCE:  Henderson County Sheriff's Office)

Firetruck rolls off mountain (SOURCE:
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office)

Trooper Spero Davis with the North Carolina Highway Patrol said the incident is a “prime example of the dangers of black ice.”

Mountain Environmental Services said they will be cleaning up a small diesel fuel spill leaking from the truck.

Three firefighters involved the crash suffered non-life-threatening injuries and have been transported to Pardee and Mission hospitals.

Stout said those injured include Lt. Matt Brackett, 31, who suffered a broken collarbone and internal injuries. Rick Hodge, 51, David Jones, 39, and Matthew Tweed, 25 were also on the truck. Hodge and Tweed were treated and released from the hospital. Jones was not injured.

Firetruck rolls off mountain (SOURCE:  Henderson County Sheriff's Office)

Firetruck rolls off mountain (SOURCE:
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office)