Tractor-trailer crashes into 3 firetrucks on scene of fire on I-85 south in Rowan County

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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — A tractor-trailer crashed into three firetrucks responding to a tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 85 south in Rowan County, according to Rowan County Communications.

At about 3 a.m. Tuesday, troopers, as well as firetrucks and first responders from Linwood Fire Department, responded to a fire I-85 south near the exit for N.C. 150, just over the Rowan County line from Davidson County.

The driver of a tractor-trailer called 911 after discovering flames coming from the back of his tractor-trailer while driving south on I-85.

While fire crews were on scene, at about 4:20 a.m., another tractor-trailer came through and hit three fire trucks.

It is unclear what caused that driver to crash.

Communications officials say one person was taken for medical treatment. No word on the severity of the person’s injuries.

No first responders were hurt.

Linwood Fire Chief, Terry Leonard, told FOX8 this is becoming a common occurrence.

Just three weeks ago, one of their trucks was hit by a drive while they were clearing up a crash off of the interstate. 

“Our job is more dangerous out on the interstate than it is fighting anything like a house fire anymore,” Leonard said. “It’s just that dangerous out on the interstate.” 

The department is now operating one fire truck short.

Leonard is hoping drivers will start slowing down and paying attention to first responders.

“I’m telling you its getting worse every day out here. I tell my guys go in teams,” he said

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