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    Fayetteville, NC Firefighter Killed at Railroad Crossing

    Fayetteville, NC Firefighter Killed at Railroad Crossing

    The Associated Press

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A Fayetteville, N.C., firefighter driving a ladder truck was killed when the vehicle went into the path of an oncoming passenger trade at a grade crossing.

    David Sharp, 31, of Aberdeen, N.C., died in the accident Friday evening as he was returning to a downtown fire house following a false alarm, authorities said.

    Amtrak's southbound Silver Palm train was about a mile away from and approaching the downtown Fayetteville station when it hit the truck broadside on the driver's side. Sharp was the only person in the truck. None of the 174 passengers and 15 crew members aboard the New York-to-Miami train were injured.

    The Cumberland Street crossing is marked by lights, bells and gates, and all were working when the wreck happened, Amtrak spokesman Ray Lang said. The signals were still on and the gate was down as police and railroad workers investigated the wreck.

    The firefighter would have broken department policy if he tried driving around the activated crossing signals.

    ''That's a violation if that did in fact occur,'' said Deputy Fire Chief James Hall.

    Lang said accidents happen at train grade-crossing an average of every 90 minutes. In most cases, the warning signals are working.

    Fire and rescue workers arrived at the scene and consoled each other. Sharp was hired by the department in June 1988, said Jason Brady, a city spokesman.

    The crumpled truck was pushed off the roadway and into a ditch after the impact. The train stayed on the rails and stopped about a city block away.

    The train required no repairs and local investigators allowed it to continue its route at about 9 p.m. Friday, Lang said.


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    Sharp II, David Clements

    Age: 31
    Rank: Firefighter/Engineer
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 03/17/2000
    Incident Time: 18:30
    Death Date: 03/17/2000

    Cause of Death: Struck By/Contact with Object
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Responding/Returning from Alarm
    Activity Type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Fayetteville Fire/Emergency Management
    433 Hay Street
    Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301
    Chief: Duke J. piner

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter/Engineer Sharp responded to an automatic fire alarm as the driver and lone occupant of a 1993 Pierce Arrow 100-foot ladder tower truck. The first unit on the scene found a system malfunction and canceled all other responding fire apparatus, including the ladder truck operated by Firefighter/Engineer Clements. As he returned to the fire station, Firefighter Clements came upon a railroad crossing that was blocked by traffic control devices as a slow-moving freight train passed. As the last car of the train passed, it stopped just past the intersection. Firefighter Clements drove the ladder truck around the traffic control arm and attempted to cross the tracks. As he passed the freight train, a passenger train headed in the opposite direction of the freight train struck the left front of the fire truck. After the collision, the truck spun around and Firefighter/Engineer Clements was thrown from the vehicle. Firefighter/Engineer Clements came to rest under the rear tires of the ladder truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death was listed as multiple blunt trauma. Firefighter/Engineer Sharp was not wearing a seat belt. Witness statements indicated that Firefighter/Engineer Sharp

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