A tragic accident occurred this week in North Carolina when an emergency responder was killed after an ambulance was involved in a crash with a tractor trailer right in front of a hospital.
The incident happened in front of Carolinas Medical Center-Union along U.S. 74 in Monroe, just before 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. The semi truck was traveling westbound on U.S. 74 when it hit an ambulance as the ambulance was pulling into the road.
Reports indicate that the ambulance was a part of the Sandhills Ambulance Service. Officials from the company released a statement saying that an EMT employee was killed in the crash.
The employee was later identified as Belinda Gayle Rivers, 43, who was sitting in the passenger seat of the ambulance at the time of the accident. The driver of the ambulance was also injured in the crash and was taken to the CMC-Main hospital in Charlotte to be treated for his injuries. He is currently said to be in stable condition.
The driver of the tractor-trailer suffered no injuries. Thankfully, no one else was on board the ambulance as it was headed to another hospital to pick up a patient when the accident occurred.
The police chief from Monroe says that the cause of the accident is still being investigated, as witnesses remain to be question. No charges have been filed yet and there is no word on whether the police expect any to follow.
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