Fire truck, Prius collide in Deep Gap
by Anna Oakes
people were transported to Watauga Medical Center with injuries after a Stewart
Simmons Fire Department truck and a Toyota Prius collided on Old U.S. 421 near
Day Drive in Deep Gap around 4 p.m. Monday.
The driver of the Prius, Stephen McLeod, 55, of High Point, was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte but was said to be in stable condition as of about 8 p.m. Monday, State Highway Patrol Trooper R.S. Townsend said.
driver of the fire vehicle, a Ford pickup truck, was Joseph Bicking, 68, of
Deep Gap. Bicking was treated at Watauga Medical Center with
non-life-threatening injuries, Townsend said.
passengers in the Prius, 68-year-old Garland Sheets of Winston-Salem and
45-year-old Stephanie Spivey of Clemmons, were also treated at Watauga Medical
Center with non-life-threatening injuries, he said.
said both vehicles were traveling south on Old U.S. 421. The fire truck, which
Townsend said he believed was en route to a woods fire nearby, was traveling in
the opposite lane of traffic in a passing zone, going around vehicles that had
stopped, when the Prius turned left into a driveway ahead of the fire truck,
which T-boned the Prius.
At the scene, the Prius, located in a field a few dozen yards north of the highway, was significantly damaged on the driver’s side of the vehicle, with airbags deployed. The Stewart Simmons Fire Department vehicle was damaged on the front passenger side.
About a half-hour before, fire departments were called to the scene of a woods fire in Deep Gap near homes on North Star and Brady lanes.
Townsend said the accident is still under investigation and did not know if charges would be filed.
Responding to the scene were the State Highway Patrol, Deep Gap, Boone and Stewart Simmons fire departments, Watauga Medics and Watauga Rescue Squad.