A volunteer firefighter was killed in an ATV accident at GALOT Motorsports Park in southern Johnston County.
17 year-old Brock Currens was a cadet firefighter on the Four Oaks Volunteer Fire Department, according to Fire Captain Michael Bradley. Currens had been on the department two years.
Saturday night, Currens was working on a fire brigade at GALOT Motorsports for a crash derby event. Currens was assigned to an all terrain vehicle with a water tank to assist with crashes or fires, according to WRAL.
When Currens applied the brakes on the ATV he was ejected. According to WRAL, the water tank landed on Currens after he was ejected causing a severe brain injury. He died a short time after arriving at Wake Medical Center.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the tragic incident.
The Four Oaks Fire Department was not a part of the event Bradley said, but Currens had worked at GALOT in the past as part of their fire brigade team.
“He was a very good person,” Captain Bradley told JoCoReport. “He always had a smile. He was taking fire training classes through the community college and working to obtain certification.”
Currens was a junior at South Johnston High School. He also played on the Trojans football team.
“It is a very tragic loss,” Bradley added. “It is a shock. The family and the (fire) department would appreciate everyone’s prayers.”