Driver killed after head-on collision with SC ambulance

Legal News for South Carolina Auto Accident Attorneys. Two-vehicle collision involving ambulance left one dead, two injured.

One dead, two injured after South Carolina ambulance crash.

Columbia, SC—One person was killed in a motor vehicle collision (MVC) involving an ambulance in Lexington County, South Carolina on Monday, January 11, 2010, reports WIS News 10. The fatal two-vehicle crash allegedly occurred at approximately 7 p.m. on Platt Springs Road.

A vehicle maintenance worker by the name of Joe Neal was reportedly driving the ambulance home for the evening when the incident occurred. There were no emergency medical services (EMS) workers in the ambulance at the time of the incident. An 1889 Ford Escort station wagon traveling in the lane opposite the emergency vehicle allegedly tried to pass the motorist in front of him, but unfortunately struck the oncoming ambulance head-on. This caused the ambulance to flip onto its side.

A resident living near the location of the fatal crash scene allegedly witnessed the incident, and being a nurse-in-training, came outside to help the injured. The driver of the Ford was killed in the motor vehicle accident. He was allegedly not wearing a seat belt at the time of the deadly wreck. A passenger in the Ford was transported to Palmetto Health via emergency medical services (EMS) helicopter with undisclosed injuries. The ambulance driver’s condition was also unknown. Toxicology reports and investigations are underway.

According to data collected in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were a total of 300 fatal motor vehicle accidents involving ambulances of which there were a total of 27 reported EMS worker deaths from 1991-2000.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for South Carolina Auto Accident Lawyers.