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Walton County firetruck slams into pickup while responding to accident

The firetruck was running emergency lights, but allegedly didn't use 'proper due regard' at an intersection.
Credit: Walton County Sheriff's Office
Walton County fire truck involved in crash on July 4, 2019

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. - A Georgia State Patrol trooper says a firetruck driver didn't take proper precautions when he hit a pickup truck while heading to a crash scene on July 4.

The crash happened at the intersection of State Route 138 and Miller Bottom Road - just inside the Rockdale County line on Thursday afternoon.

The Walton County fire truck was heading south on Miller Bottom and was entering the intersection with lights on, according to authorities. However, according to preliminary information from the GSP, a gray Ford F-250 heading east ended up in the firetruck's path.

The firetruck then struck the F-250, GSP said, sending it a short distance and causing it to overturn. The wreck led to three injuries, with two passengers in the pickup truck being taken to an Atlanta area hospital for treatment. Their conditions weren't released; though, the Walton County Sheriff's Office referred to the crash as serious in a Friday afternoon Facebook post.

According to the early investigation, the firetruck driver, who had a red light at the intersection, "failed to use proper due regard" while entering the intersection.

The GSP didn't provide any further information or report whether the firetruck driver would face charges as a result of the crash.

It's at least the second serious crash involving a firetruck in the area since the beginning of 2019. In January, a firetruck from Social Circle - a city in Walton County - crashed while responding to an accident.

Both occupants of the truck were taken to the hospital - one with serious injuries.

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