An Eagle Springs fire vehicle was involved in an accident Saturday afternoon.
Just before 1 p.m., a firefighter was traveling east on Highway 211 toward Seven Lakes in the SUV. When approaching Holly Grove School Road, a call was dispatched for an outside fire in Eagle Springs.
According to Highway Patrol, the firefighter turned his lights and sirens on to do a U-turn, and oncoming traffic began to yield. A driver in an F-150 pickup truck believed that the fire vehicle was turning into a driveway.
Highway Patrol said when the fire vehicle began to make the turn to head west, the F-150 collided with the SUV in the driver’s side door, causing heavy damage to it.
The driver of the F-150 was taken by EMS to Moore Regional Hospital out of precaution but is believed to be OK. The firefighter was checked out on the scene and released with no injuries.
With firefighters from Eagle Springs and Seven Lakes battling an outside fire simultaneously, fire command had to strategically divert certain apparatuses to the fire and Seven Lakes Fire and Rescue to the accident.
Traffic was brought down to one lane for nearly an hour while crews cleaned up the wreckage, and Highway Patrol investigated the accident.
~Article and photo by Sandhills Sentinel reporter Curtis Self.