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Two firefighters suspended after speeding fire truck crashes, flips

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Two Charlotte firefighters have been suspended after a speeding fire truck crashed and flipped in a Ballantyne neighborhood.

The crash happened in early May along Ardrey Kell Road where it changes into Bridgehampton Club Drive.

Officials say Ladder 32 was responding to a medical call in the neighborhood when the fire truck overturned. The bottom of the truck then caught fire.

Four firefighters were injured in the crash. All four were okay and have since returned to full-duty. Officials said that speed caused the accident.

The driver, Mark Staker, initially had his driving duties were rescinded, pending further investigation.  Stalker was later suspended for two weeks without pay.  He has since returned to duty.

In addition, the onboard Captain was suspended for one week without pay.

"The primary mission of the Charlotte Fire Department is to respond to those in need in a safe and timely manner," officials told WBTV.

"By the end of the calendar year all vehicle operators of the CFD will be required to complete an Emergency Vehicle Operations Course as a part of their quarterly in-service training."

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