Non-Emergency Transport Turns Deadly
A PRIVATE AMBULANCE IN VIRGINIA COLLIDED head-on with a cement mixer truck Friday afternoon, leaving the driver of the ambulance dead and fatally injuring the patient. The EMT in the patient compartment was seriously injured and is in stable condition. The driver of the cement truck was uninjured. The ambulance operated by Priority Ambulance Service was transporting an 82-yr.-old man from the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville to a nursing home. The accident occurred south of Charlottesville in Buckingham County shortly after noon.
The Virginia State Police issued the following statement:
At 12:20 p.m. Virginia State Police Trooper T.C. Edmondston was called to the scene of a two-vehicle fatal crash on Route 20 near the intersection of Route 699 in Buckingham County.
Two people were killed and one person was seriously injured in the crash. The ambulance was traveling southbound on Route 20 when it crossed the centerline into the northbound lane. A cement-mixing truck was unable to avoid the oncoming ambulance and the two vehicles collided.
The impact of the crash caused the ambulance to overturn onto its side. The driver of the ambulance, Timothy K. Southern, 21, of Waynesboro, died at the scene. Southern was wearing a seat belt. A medical technician, Heath P. Davis, and patient, Howard L. Watson, 82, of Dillwyn, were riding in the back of the ambulance.
Both were flown to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville. Davis, 24, is listed in stable condition. Watson died at the hospital later Friday. The driver of the cement mixer, John W. Dorman II, 29, of Charlottesville, was not injured in the crash. Dorman was wearing a seat belt. The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assist with the investigation, which remains ongoing at this time.
No charges will be filed. Route 20 was re-opened by 5:15 p.m.
The force of the destructive impact is more
apparent after the ambulance was righted.
WSET-TV has the story and a video report HERE.
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