Cyclist fatally struck by fire truck identified

Published: Jan. 10, 2014 at 6:11 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 10, 2014 at 7:58 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Coroner's Office has identified a cyclist who was fatally struck by a fire truck late Thursday night.

Officials say firefighters were responding to a motor vehicle accident just after 11 p.m. when a bicyclist was hit and killed by a North Charleston fire truck on Cross County Road.

The victim has been identified by the Charleston County Coroner as 39-year-old Jihad Abdur-rahim of North Charleston. He died of blunt force trauma.

Authorities say the fire truck's lights and sirens were on at the time of the fatal accident. The truck immediately stopped to provide the bicyclist with medical care.

According to a release from the fire department, the driver of the fire truck has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

"We are deeply saddened by this incident and on behalf of the crew and the entire North Charleston Fire Department we want to express our sincere condolences to the family of this person," said North Charleston Fire Chief Greg Bulanow in a statement. "Our hearts go out to them and we are deeply concerned for everyone involved."

The road was shut down until 6 a.m. Friday as the Highway Patrol investigated the accident.

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