10/08/09 192 W, 2 I - + 11 - 17 Western Wake Firefighter Struck on I-40 (Updated)

The driver of Western Wake Pumper 196 was injured this afternoon at a vehicle fire on westbound Interstate 40 just east of Harrison Avenue. The Western Wake engine and its three-person crew was dispatched at 4:13 p.m., along with Cary Engine 1. Callers reported a Chevy Blazer on fire in the vicinity of Wade Avenue. Pumper 196 arrived within minutes, and a line was pulled to extinguish a small amount of fire. The two firefighters on the line were wearing full protective gear, while the driver/operator was wearing his helmet and a traffic vest.

About that time, an apparently out of control truck skidded into the scene, and struck Lt. S. M. Shrum. He was thrown clear of the vehicle, which also collided with the apparatus. EMS was immediately requested, and he was transported to WakeMed in Cary, and treated for a minor injury. A second vehicle accident also occurred at the congested scene. The EMS response included EMS 8, EMS 51, and Medic 91. Western Wake Rescue 295 also responded, and relieved Cary Engine 1.

Updated October 9, with photos from readers, shot about 45 minutes into the incident. Click to enlarge:

Damn scary story. Glad you’re okay, Shev!
Legeros - 10/08/09 - 21:19

Damn Shev, when I got your blackberry messenger contact request I would have chatted earlier, had I known! Glad to hear you’re ok bro…
Silver - 10/08/09 - 23:45


Glad you are okay and NOT another statistic! Hope you get better soon!

Stay safe out there folks!
Wayne - 10/09/09 - 01:06

Just another reason to remember to always watch your back. Idiots are everywhere. Glad you are ok Shevais.
H2O - 10/09/09 - 07:48

Shevais- Really glad you are ok brother. Call or email me if you need anything.
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 10/09/09 - 08:21

Glad that you are ok LT. Just shows that people do not pay attention while driveing! We all always need to watch out for each other!

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Mark W. (Email) - 10/09/09 - 15:47

Shev did a double back flip round house Chuck Norris style over the truck. Then made sure everybody was alright!
Good talking to ya, get well.
Kermit - 10/09/09 - 16:31

Shev, thank GOD you are ok brother!!!!! big man up stairs loves us! i hope SHP charges the da driver with some serious stuff! enforce the move over law! again God bless you brother, If ya nedd anything halla! J
Jason Lane - 10/09/09 - 17:29

thanks for all of the well wishes. The ankle/foot is not broken as they first thought but is pretty well bruised up and sprained. Should be back to work next week. I appreciate all the calls, visits and messages. The brotherhood is still alive and well in this area.

Just goes to show that no matter how safe we try to be we can’t control what the other drivers out there do. In this case the driver said he saw us, so visibility was not a factor. Be careful out there and keep your eyes and ears open!
shevais - 10/14/09 - 11:29

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