18-wheeler kills deputy and firefighter in NC

The wreck happened around 5:30 a.m.
June 14, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A sheriff's deputy and a firefighter directing traffic along a coastal highway in North Carolina have been struck by a tractor-trailer, killing them. The Highway Patrol says the wreck happened around 5:30 a.m. Saturday near a controlled burn at Camp Lejeune in Onslow County along the central North Carolina coast. Troopers say fog and smoke combined for poor visibility.

Sheriff's Capt. Rick Sutherland says a second deputy who was injured in the wreck has been released from the hospital.

Sutherland says U.S. Highway 17 was shutdown in both directions for several hours, but has reopened.

It's not immediately clear if the controlled burn had anything to do with a 62-square-mile wildfire in northeastern North Carolina.

The names of those killed have not been released.


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