Two injured in crash with Brotherhood Ride support truck

Two people were injured Thursday in Salisbury, N.C., after their car pulled into the path of a support truck traveling ahead of the 2011 Brotherhood Ride.

Annie Watkins, 64, the driver of a Chevrolet Lumina failed to yield, and was struck by the support truck driven by Justin Jones of Naples, according to the Salisbury Post.

She was airlifted to a nearby hospital, and cited with failure to yield, the paper reported. Paula Dagenhart, a passenger in the Chevy, was also airlifted to the hospital.

Jones and another passenger in the truck refused medical treatment, the paper reported.

The Brotherhood Ride consists of about 40 firefighters, police officers and emergency responders who are riding bicycles from Naples to New York City in tribute to the 411 emergency service workers who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11. They left Naples on August 20.

The support truck was driving ahead of the cyclists.

“All our guys are good,” said North Naples firefighter Jeff Morse, who founded the annual event in 2008. “We’re still on schedule. The riders are OK, and we’re ready to head out on schedule (on Thursday).”

Read the 2011 Brotherhood Ride blog

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