Police say impaired driver struck & killed North Carolina firefighter at emergency scene

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WJZY-TV:

A volunteer firefighter was killed after being hit by a car while clearing debris from a road in Morganton Sunday night.

According to a spokesperson with the Triple Community Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to a tree that was blocking the eastbound and part of the westbound lanes of Highway 70 east near the Drexel intersection just before midnight.

A driver heading eastbound on Highway 70 struck 40-year-old Jason Keith Hensley, who was a firefighter with the Triple Community Fire Department. Hensley was killed “instantly on impact,” officials say.

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WFMY-TV:

Hensley was wearing “appropriate reflective gear” when he was struck.

Highway Patrol says 58-year-old Randall Stewart was charged with driving while impaired, driving without a license, reckless driving, not wearing a seat belt, possessing marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia. Stewart allegedly struck two other vehicles that were parked at the scene including Hensley’s personal vehicle which had the emergency lights activated.