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01-24-2020 | 3:30 PM | CHARLOTTE,NC— A freelance news photojournalist helped rescue a driver trapped in an overturn vehicle. The photojournalist was on his way to cover a separate crash when he came upon an overturn vehicle on Lancaster Highway near Southcrest Lane.

Bystanders were seen prior to Charlotte Fire Department and Mecklenburg EMS arriving trying to free the driver. The photojournalist put down his camera and assisted the group of bystanders in the rescue.

Firefighters from Charlotte Fire Department, Carolina Volunteer Fire Department & Pineville Fire Department worked together seamlessly to cut the driver from the blue Toyota.

Firefighters used stabilizers and secured the vehicle near a tree to prevent any movement while the JAWS OF LIFE operated. Firefighters worked fast to free the driver from the mangled metal. Paramedics with Mecklenburg EMS transported the victim to the trauma center at Atrium Health with life threatening injures.

01-21-2020 | 3:59 PM | CHARLOTTE,NC— A man walking on the tracks was injured after being struck by a Norfolk Southern Freight Train. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police responded to the report of a pedestrian hit at 3:59 p.m., on railroad tracks near Old Pineville Rd and Pineville Point Rd.

Police confirm a male pedestrian was walking on the tracks just south of the Archdale Drive Grade-Crossing when he was hit by a Norfolk Southern Train. Paramedics with Mecklenburg County EMS Agency (MEDIC) transported the victim to the trauma center at Atrium Health – Carolina Medical Center with a serious injury. The victims injured are being classified as life threatening. Police are investigating why the man was walking on the tracks prior to the collision.

12-28-2019 | 4:05 PM | EAST FARMINGDALE,NY— A pilot escaped serious injury after his Mooney M-20J Fixed Wing Single Engine plane crashed in a wooded area in Farmingdale, New York. On December 28, 2019 at 4:05 p.m., multiple emergency responders including East Farmingdale Fire Company responded to the reported aircraft crash right off the Southern State Parkway.

The plane took off from Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach and was approaching the runway at Republic Airport in Farmingdale when it lost power. According To Flight Radars the plane was 22 minutes into the flight when it crashed about a mile from the runway at Republic Airport.

Agencies from multiple fire departments across Suffolk & Nassau Counties responded to the crash site. Due to the nature of the crash and proximity to the airport an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Crash truck from Republic Airport responded to the scene. Fire officials say the pilot was able to self evacuate the plane after the crash and only suffered minor injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) & National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will take the lead on the investigation.

12-22-2019 | 9:30 PM | CHARLOTTE,NC— On December 22, 2019 a Charlotte homeowner lost everything in a devastating house fire just days before Christmas. 911 calls reported the fire around 9:30 p.m., at the home at 11702 Park Road. When firefighters with Charlotte Fire Department Station #24 arrived they encountered heavy fire coming through the roof and engulfing the single story home.

Over two dozen Charlotte Firefighters work aggressively to find the fire and extinguish it. Collyer’s Mansion conditions also known as clutter/hoarding conditions made it difficult for firefighters to battle the blaze.

Neighbors who live nearby witnessed the fire as it happened and saw dozens of emergency responders converge on the scene. One resident said the flames were so intense flames reached 20+ feet above the trees and could be seen 2 streets over. Neighbors say the homeowner who lived alone and sometimes kept to himself was not home at the time of the fire. Residents in the are just were stunned that this unfortunate tragedy happened just days before the start of Christmas.

It took 23 firefighters from multiple Charlotte Fire Stations to bring the fire under control in 22 minutes. No injuries were reported, although not much of the home could be saved according to fire officials.

A preliminary investigation determined the cause of the fire to be accidental. According to fire investigators the fire was caused by a cooking fire that was not extinguished properly. Damage to the home was estimated at $100K.

12-21-2019 | 2:23 PM | CHARLOTTE,NC— On Saturday December 21, 2019 a suspect armed with a gun robbed at woman outside of a South Charlotte ATM. At At 2:23 pm, officers with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police responded to the report of the robbery outside the Wells Fargo at 2821 Pineville-Matthews Road.

Police say a female victim reported she was approached by a suspect armed with a gun while she was outside using the ATM. The man was reported to be wearing a full face mask at the time of the robbery. Police say the masked gunman robbed the woman of cash and fled the scene.

Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) could be seen outside of a white vehicle in the parking lot dusting for fingerprints and photographing the scene.

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