01/13/15 594 W, 2 I - + 7 - 5 Fairgrounds Tanker Overturns, 1985 - And Some History...

From the archives of the News & Observer, by way of the North Carolina State Archives, come a pair of photos from November 11, 1985. They were taken by Gregory Wiggs, one of two photographers on the scene. Fairgrounds Fire Department Tanker 197 (correct number?) overturned on Blue Ridge Road. The truck was built by Atlas on a Chevrolet Kodiak chassis. What was the model year?

The next day's newspaper ran the picture on the right with this caption:

"Two truck operators attach a chain to a fire truck that had flipped on Blue Ridge Road near the entrance to the N.C. Museum of Art. The Fairgrounds Rural Fire Department truck was extensively damaged Saturday when it hit a curb and flipped after swerving to avoid a small car that had made a U-turn in its path, Raleigh police and witnesses said. The driver of the fire truck, Richard Ernest [Will], 21, of 3616 Blueberry Drive, was treated at Rex Hospital and released. The driver of the car was being sought, police said."

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News & Observer photos

Looking across the decades, there have been a number of other apparatus "rollovers" in Raleigh and Wake County. Two have resulted in line-of-deaths, the first for both the Cary and Raleigh fire departments. The most prominent, a tiller accident in 2009, resulted in national awareness of apparatus safety as well as specialized training programs for tiller operators.

The historical list includes:

Didn’t a Wake-New Hope truck overturn on US-401 at the Neuse river bridge?
jeff - 01/18/15 - 18:02

@jeff, you are correct in your statement. I believe it was Tanker 9. Overturned making a left onto 401 from Mitchell Mill.
Marcus - 01/19/15 - 22:32

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