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Driver cited after plowing into firetruck

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Rhome Volunteer Fire Department vehicle was struck Saturday morning on its way to a medical emergency.

Chief Robert Pratt was driving Rhome’s Rescue 17 truck when it was hit in the passenger side by a red Honda Civic, driven by Roy Graham of Newark. The collision occurred at the intersection of Main and Second Streets in Rhome. No one was injured.

“Everyone is OK,” Pratt said.

Pratt was responding to a CPR-in-progress call for an unresponsive 36-year-old. Wise County medics and Newark firefighters responded to the medical call.

Rhome Police Chief James Rose said the rescue truck was headed east on Second with lights and sirens activated. Graham was headed north on Main.

“Graham plowed into the side of the truck,” Rose said. “He said he didn’t see [the firetruck].”

The impact warped the frame of the firetruck and collapsed the front end of the passenger car.

Rose said Graham was cited for failure to yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle.

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