08-15-2019 | 9:26 PM | CHARLOTTE,NC — On Thursday August 15, 2019 at around 9:26 p.m., an adult male pedestrian crossing South Tryon Street just north of John Price Road was struck by a Dodge Challenger. Police confirm the pedestrian stepped off the median and stepped out in front of a vehicle. The Challenger was traveling northbound on South Tryon Street in the inside lane when the accident happened. The victim sustained multiple broken bones according to sources. He was transported by paramedics to the trauma center at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina where he is being treated for serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle involved was not injured. Neither speed or alcohol are suspected to be a factors for the driver or the vehicle. Northbound South Tryon Street was closed for approximately two hours while police investigated the crash.
07-11-2019 | 11:30 AM | CHARLOTTENC — Multiple people fell ill Thursday morning July 11, 2019 after an unknown odor swept through a Charlotte office building. Charlotte Fire Department received an initial call around 11:30 a.m., for a person unconscious at the Regency Executive Park off Nations Ford Road. Firefighters with Charlotte Station arrived within minutes and discovered multiple people feeling effects of what was thought to be carbon monoxide poisoning.
The incident was upgraded to a hazardous materials response bringing in additional resources. Firefighters began a mass evacuation of multi-room office building. Fire officials say some occupants had difficulty evacuating from the upper floors of the building. A worker in the building Yolanda Cato said “We heard a beeping noise, we didn’t think anything of it.” She added “About an hour or so later we were all asked to immediately evacuate the building.” She said paramedics responded to the building yesterday for a similar issue.
Fire officials confirmed later in the day that the source of the odor came from tar that was being laid on the roof by construction crews at the time. Fumes from the tar managed to make it into the building HVAC system. Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC) responded with multiple ambulances and two mass casualty buses due to the number of people feeling sick.
Fire officials confirm a total of 46 people were evaluated by paramedics at the scene. 5 people were transported from the scene to local hospitals. 3 people were taken to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and 2 were taken to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center – Pineville. A Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC) spokesperson says the 46 patients were treated for various conditions including nausea and headaches.
06-22-2019 | 9:30 PM | WASHINGTON TWP,PA — A male and female were seriously injured when an ATV they were riding on rolled over on top of them. The crash happened shortly after 9:30 p.m in the area of 696 Ridge Road.
Paramedics had to utilize bystander ATV’s to gain access to the victims who were loaded on to backboards. The ATV intercepted a nearby Kittanning Ambulance unit waiting on an adjacent road.
A male occupant suffered several lacerations and was transported by ambulance to Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.
A STAT MedEvac helicopter was requested to the scene due the female victim suffering life threatening injuries.
The female was flown to a UPMC Hospital Trauma Center in Pittsburgh, PA for treatment.
05-25-2019 | 8:00 PM | PINEVILLE,NC — On Saturday May 25, 2019 about 8:00 p.m, Charlotte Fire Department received 911 calls for an “outside fire” at 824 Crump Road in Pineville, North Carolina. Upon arrival of the first fire unit a large mulch fire in a facility owned by Arborscapes Inc. Due the to nature of the fire and the distance between the main road, a fire hydrant and the area of the mulch, multiple additional fire units were requested to assist.
Under the command of Charlotte Fire Department Battalion Chief 5 assistance was requested for additional pumpers from Charlotte Fire Department, and additional pumpers and a tanker from Steele Creek Fire Department. The mulch pile was of pretty large diameter on the property of Arborscapres Inc.
According to Aborscapes Inc. website: They specialize in Landscape services, Tree Services, and irrigation. Multiple fire engines were supplied water to an aerial ladder truck. The only hydrant was near a Public Storage approximetly a quarter mile from the actual fire. Fire Engines made multiple trips filling up the 500-600 gallon tank of water on board and transporting down to the area of mulch.
Heavy machinery including bulldozers, bobcats, and an excavator were brought in to move the mulch pile around. According to a fire department source on scene, battling a mulch fire especially a large one is very difficultdue to the density of the mulch which traps fire and heat within. Without moving the mulch around it would be impossible for firefighters to extinguish the fire within.
At 10:45 p.m., multiple fire units were still on scene trying to bring the fire under control. Its unclear how the fire started or how long firefighters will be on scene trying to contain the fire.