CFD defends its rules on speeding after fire truck flips

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

The Charlotte Fire Department is defending its rules after a fire truck flipped over in Ballantyne Thursday.

Police and fire department officials said the truck was speeding when it rolled over and caught fire on Ardrey Kell Road.
 
The speed limit was 25 mph, and the truck was going 44 mph.

CFD: Speed caused fire truck crash

The Fire Department sent Channel 9 its speed standards Wednesday saying trucks can drive at a top speed of 68 mph when responding to an emergency.
 
At the time of the crash, the truck was headed to a medical call.
 
CFD officials said it has reiterated to its members the importance of safety while responding.
 
The driver of that fire truck, 33-year-old Mark Staker, was suspended from driving for now and could face disciplinary action.

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