ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A firefighter has been identified after he was killed and two others injured in a crash in eastern Rowan County Wednesday afternoon.
The crash happened at 1:22 p.m. on Gold Knob Road. Highway Patrol says the firefighter was in a pick-up truck and responding to an accident call when he crashed into a Ford Mustang. Two women were in the Mustang heading to a cookout in memory of one of the women's father.
The Mustang was apparently turning left into a driveway when the pick-up truck crossed the double-yellow lines on Gold Knob Road in an attempt to pass the Mustang in a No Passing Zone. That's when troopers say the pick-up truck hit the Mustang and overturned. Two women had to be extricated from the Mustang and was airlifted to the hospital in unknown condition.
Michael Goodnight, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to NC Highway Patrol. officials say he was not wearing a seatbelt during the crash. Polly Stokes, one of the women in the car, has a broken hip and cuts, according to family.
The firefighter killed was a member of Liberty Volunteer Fire Department.
The fire chief said Goodnight was a relaiable worker and a dedicated member of the community.
The fire department released a statement Wednesday night.
The other woman's name has not been released.