Drunk Driving Responsible For Ambulance Accident

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Police in Gaston County, North Carolina say that five people have been injured after a car and an ambulance were involved in a crash. The wreck occurred in the later afternoon and took place on a busy stretch of highway.


Parked ambulance Charlotte Accident Attorney North Carolina Injury LawyerAccording to officers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when an ambulance operated by two EMTS was hit by an oncoming car carrying three people. The ambulance was from the Stanley Fire and Rescue and was in the process of responding to an emergency call at the time of the accident.


Emergency responders say that four of those injured in the accident were ultimately transported to CaroMont Regional Medical Center for serious but non-life threatening injuries. The other person was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and is said to have suffered serious harm.


Stunningly, the terrible accident was caught on video thanks to in-cabin cameras located on the newer ambulances operated by Stanley Fire and Rescue. The driver of the ambulance was Roger Arrowood, a part-time employee who survived with relatively minor injuries.


Unfortunately for Arrowood, the accident was the second such ambulance crash in only a year, but in both cases he was not at fault. The other employee, Lisa Laws, was bruised after the airbag deployed, but is otherwise fine. Both employees say that they are thankful to have survived the crash and believe that if they had been in an older ambulance at the time of the crash their injuries would have been much worse.


The driver of the other vehicle, Blair Orr, was found to be responsible for the accident and was cited by police for drunk driving. Orr may also eventually be charged with reckless driving, investigators say that the man drifted off the right side of the road, over-corrected and veered back across the center-line, colliding with the oncoming ambulance. Orr’s wife and daughter were injured in the crash but are thankfully expected to recover.


If you, or someone you know, have any questions regarding personal injury claims, please feel free to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys and lawyers in Charlotte, North Carolina at Arnold & Smith, PLLC for a free consultation. Call at 704-370-2828   or click here for additional resources.



About the Author:


ARNOLD & SMITH LAW Matthew Arnold is a Managing Member of Arnold & Smith, PLLC, where he focuses on the areas of family law, divorce, child custody, child support, alimony and equitable distribution.

Mr. Arnold was raised in Charlotte, where he graduated from Providence Senior High School. He attended Belmont Abbey College, where he graduated cum laude, before attending law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full academic scholarship.

In his free time, Mr. Arnold enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife and three children.




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