NAPLES, Fla.- A Naples Fire and Rescue truck taking part in a September 11th tribute ride was involved in a serious wreck in North Carolina.
The crash happened as a group of firefighters, law enforcement officers and E.M.S. workers make their way to New York City for the somber tribute. The accident happened just outside Charlotte, but the good news in all of this is that none of the riders, including several from Southwest Florida, were among the injured.
New pictures of the wreck show the Naples Fire and Rescue truck on the left and damaged car on the right.
Authorities say the driver of the pick-up was riding ahead of bicyclists on the Brotherhood Ride, serving as a support vehicle, when the driver of another car pulled in front.
The impact of the crash was so strong, that the driver and passenger were pinned inside. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to use the "jaws of life" to cut away both driver-side doors. One person inside was airlifted to the hospital in serious condition.
The accident happened as more than 50 cyclists continued their journey up the East Coast. The group passed the accident scene and stopped to rest for the night.
The driver of the car was cited for the crash.
The Brotherhood Ride began their 3-week trek in Naples back on August 20th. They're set to arrive in New York City on September 10th.