Lincoln County Firefighter injured in crash

Volunteer firefighter injured after head-on vehicle crash

A Lincoln County Firefighter was seriously injured in a crash on Highway 27 about 7 miles west of Lincolnton. North Brook volunteer fireman Ricky Tallent was driving a white pickup west on Highway 27 when witnesses say a woman in an SUV crossed the center line and hit Tallent head on.

"It came out to us, two vehicles involved, entrapments in both of them," said North Brook Chief Donald Hull. Hull had no idea that he was responding to a wreck involving one of his own firefighters. "You just do what you're trained to and hope for the best," Hull said.

It took rescuers about 45 minutes to cut away the wreckage and free Tallent from his pickup truck. He was flown by helicopter to CMC in Charlotte. The woman in the SUV was taken by ambulance to Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby.

Crews on scene said the more seriously injured Tallent was awake and talking when he left the scene. Chief Hull said his injuries are serious but he is expected to be ok.