Candor firefighter struck by vehicle has leg amputated, in stable condition

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CANDOR, N.C. — A Candor Fire Department firefighter was seriously injured Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a vehicle.

Montgomery County Emergency Services Director Corey Roberts said firefighters were responding to an uncontrolled woods fire along Cole Road near Candor.

Due to smoke, there was zero visibility. Roberts said firefighters had just arrived on the scene at 2:14 p.m. and were walking to the rear of the truck when a passenger vehicle struck the Earl Harrington.

The fire truck was pulled about halfway off the road, Roberts said. When the Harrington was struck, he was pinned underneath the fire truck.

Harrington was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. As a result of his injuries, his left leg had to be amputated. He was listed in stable condition as of 10 p.m. Thursday. He will undergo more surgery tomorrow.

The driver of the passenger vehicle was taken to Moore Regional Hospital for evaluation.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

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