Driver and Patient Both Killed
Update: Details of accident released. Scroll down.
A TRANSPORT AMBULANCE WAS INVOLVED in a deadly collsion Wednesday morning. The ambulance appears to have been operated by only the driver who was taking a patient who was in a wheelchair from one facility to another. The accident occurred near Chillicothe, Ohio, around 10 am.
Update: The Chillicothe Gazette has the updated description of how the accident occurred:
According to Sgt. Kari Riebesell of the Ohio Highway Patrol, Carl Dearth, of Frankfort, was headed south in the flatbed truck on Hospital Road when he slowed and stopped to turn left onto Delano Road. (The ambulance) was also headed south on Hospital, and Riebesell said he failed to stop in time, striking the back of Dearth’s truck with a full-frontal impact just before 10 a.m.
The lumber on the back of Dearth’s truck went through the ambulance’s windshield and halfway through the ambulance, causing King and McWhorter to suffer fatal head injuries. Both were pronounced dead at the scene by Ross County Coroner Dr. John Gabis.
This is very early reporting and the circumstances of the wreck may be revised this afternoon. Other than the deaths of two people, nothing has been confirmed yet. Firegeezer will update the story later today. The ambulette was transporting the wheelchair patient to a doctor's appointment and was in non-emergency mode.
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