Tanker Wreck Claims the life of Firefighter John Gupton in Franklin County, NC
A young firefighter was killed late Tuesday afternoon in a crash involving a fire engine in rural Franklin County.
It happened around 5:10 p.m. in the 1300 block of Sykes Road, which is just south of Ruffin Collie Road — northeast of Bunn.
Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones told ABC11 that John Derek Gupton, 24, was driving the truck and was killed instantly when it flipped after failing to negotiate a curve in the road. He was a member of the Justice Fire Department.
Another firefighter was injured, but was treated and released from WakeMed.
The tanker truck carrying water was responding to a fire alarm call in Lake Royale, which is about four miles from the scene of the crash.
The firefighting community and the community as a whole are still in shock over what happened.
Gupton was a farmer, landscaper, and volunteer firefighter. His father and grandfather were also firefighters.