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Va. medic, patient killed in ambulance crash

The private ambulance and cement-mixing truck collided Friday afternoon

By EMS1 Staff

BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. — A patient and medic are dead following an accident in Buckingham County, Va., that involved an ambulance and a cement truck.

Another EMT riding in the back of the ambulance is being treated at the hospital, according to WSET.

The private ambulance and cement-mixing truck collided Friday afternoon.

The driver of the ambulance died at the scene. The driver of the cement truck was not injured.

The crash is being investigated.

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Sean Giangregorio Sean Giangregorio Friday, January 06, 2012 4:51:20 PM Very sad.
Angela Kelley Angela Kelley Friday, January 06, 2012 4:54:38 PM Thoughts and prayers go to friends and families.
Tiffany Tonne Tiffany Tonne Friday, January 06, 2012 4:57:50 PM the truck driver was prob on the phone or to tired from staying up all night... it happens alot.
Michele Carter Michele Carter Friday, January 06, 2012 4:59:34 PM Very sad, prayers for the family and friends of both.
Phil Dick Phil Dick Friday, January 06, 2012 5:08:20 PM That's pretty narrow minded, Tiffany. There is nothing in the story that says it was the truck driver's fault. But if it was, there could've been an equipment failure or perhaps a medical issue. There is a multitude of possibilities. This is a time for sympathy, not unsupported accusations.
John Hughes John Hughes Friday, January 06, 2012 5:15:24 PM sad story. thoughts go out to friends and family.
James Marshall James Marshall Friday, January 06, 2012 5:17:37 PM My thoughts and prayers go out to both families and the driver of the Ambulance, Phil I could not agree more with you as this is a time for sympathy and prayers for our fellow brothers and sisters and not unsupported accusations. Also I would like to send my thoughts and prayers out to the truck driver.
Barbara Smith Garcia Barbara Smith Garcia Friday, January 06, 2012 5:18:41 PM How sad, prayers to families~~~~~.
Lynae Carvalho Lynae Carvalho Friday, January 06, 2012 5:28:52 PM So sad to see a brother gone my heart aches for the family and friends.
Kirsten Skarka Kirsten Skarka Friday, January 06, 2012 5:29:57 PM My thoughts and prayers are with the families and the injured!
Nan Farmer Nan Farmer Friday, January 06, 2012 5:30:59 PM So sad. Prayers for the EMS families and the truck driver's family.
Dale Horn Dale Horn Friday, January 06, 2012 5:35:47 PM R.I.P brother you died doing what you loved I hope the lord comforts the familes and friends of the ones who passed away.
Michael Brandon Smith Michael Brandon Smith Friday, January 06, 2012 5:49:00 PM Not a time to blame, sure it's someone's fault, but it is not our place to lay blame.
Brandii Linn Brandii Linn Friday, January 06, 2012 5:50:22 PM Very Sad, prayers for the families! RIP fellow medic!
Peggy Entwit Andrews Peggy Entwit Andrews Friday, January 06, 2012 6:01:22 PM Wow - I don't think the article says a thing about suspicion of fault!
Catie Holstein Catie Holstein Friday, January 06, 2012 6:01:39 PM Heartbreaking. Blessings to the deceased, injured and family and friends of all. Be careful out there you all!
Corey J Sagstuen Corey J Sagstuen Friday, January 06, 2012 6:07:22 PM unfortunate incident and my thoughts to the medics family and co-workers. Is there anything on how they where transporting...road conditions...hard night ahead for the service...keep your chin up guys do amazing work every day.
Cori Lynn Monger Cori Lynn Monger Friday, January 06, 2012 6:20:04 PM RIP Kyle <3 my heart goes out to Priority, Waynesboro First Aid Crew, the Southern family & the patients family. Its do hard to swallow when these reports are about your own or close to your department. :'(
Erin Miller Erin Miller Friday, January 06, 2012 6:40:10 PM R.I.P. Kyle my thoughts and prayers go out the family and friends!
Wayland Slater Wayland Slater Friday, January 06, 2012 6:42:45 PM Sad time for all those involved. Now is not the time to find fault, especially those kind that have or can start rumurs.
Dianna Martin Baise Dianna Martin Baise Friday, January 06, 2012 7:25:22 PM wow, really. there is nothing that says anything about fault. The unfortunate thing is that there are 2 families that will not have loved one coming home tonight. Very sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to both families and the others involved as well.
Tracey Hunley SeCheverell Tracey Hunley SeCheverell Friday, January 06, 2012 7:30:32 PM Prayers for the families, communities, EMS and friends. There are no winners and everyone is a looser in a situation like this or any other accident. And like Phil said, the blame game will not bring any of them back and it will not change the situation. And I can also say that after working EMS for 19 years, it is NOT always the other vehicles fault.
Tiffany Tonne Tiffany Tonne Friday, January 06, 2012 8:39:07 PM as a emt and fire fighter i have the right to think what happen and what cased it. from the looks of how bad the rige is, it doest look like the guys tried to slow down..... i get this is time for sympathy but look what happen... the driver that cased this was ok. sorry to say the only 3 things i know of that lets u walk away from a crash like this is drunk,asleep, or on drugs. bec its what keeps your body relaxed when it happens.... if it was medical issue then its still on him for not reporting it to his job...... i am going to asume your a emt to so u should know how much those trucks cost and all the stuff in it.. if they dont find falit then the taxs will pay for it and that wont happen. were short on trucks as it is... also as a emt i will pick the emts side over the truck drivers bec i know what it take to go out there and be on the side of the road worried about if u will get hit. sorry to say but the family that lost a brother or sister or husband or wife should know what happen and should get justice for him being killed.... also if it was a accident then they would have posted emt killed in accident... just saying
Dianna Martin Baise Dianna Martin Baise Friday, January 06, 2012 8:49:36 PM Not an emt, but I am a nurse with a number of years experience. I have seen my share of accidents over the years and yes, I am aware of many of the reasons why people "walk" away from accidents. But at this point, there is nothing that says how the accident occurred (at least not on this site) and to jump to conclusions just shows your immaturity and lack of professionalism. Yes, all the families involved deserve to know the cause of the accident. I hope that an accident of this nature never happens to you while you are on a call taking care of someone else's loved one.
Tiffany Tonne Tiffany Tonne Friday, January 06, 2012 8:55:14 PM not once did i say i read it in here.. my professionalism is for the emt worker who was killed. key word in the story killed not accidental..
Bill Anderson Bill Anderson Friday, January 06, 2012 9:01:50 PM I agree. Nothing was said about how the accident happened. Unless you were part of the investigation there is no reason to be blaming anyone, and if you are all information should be withheld untill all the evidence has been processed. This is a tragic event and we should just be patient and wait for the results of the crash investigation.
Dianna Martin Baise Dianna Martin Baise Friday, January 06, 2012 9:07:01 PM Never once have you even showed an ounce of professionalism and sympathy or empathy towards anyone who was involved in this accident. The article reads "A patient and medic are dead following an accident" but honestly, you are not worth the effort. I have no idea where you live or where you work but my hopes that when my loved ones and patients need medical transport that it is with someone other than you who arrives to pick them up. Good luck in your professional career.
Scott Thingy Doodah Scott Thingy Doodah Friday, January 06, 2012 9:12:00 PM Tiffany, I very rarely post on sites but I feel I had to as most of your statement is pure hypothesis and conjecture. You do have a right to your opinion, but to post it in the way you have is incredibly damaging. Especially when you were not there and are not in possession of the facts. Phil summed it up perfectly by saying it is a time for sympathies for all families, friends and colleagues involved. Including those who no doubt turned up to their friend. Something I cannot imagine being anything less than heartbreaking. The truth will come out in the investigation. Try to be sympathetic rather than judgmental without cause.
Phil Dick Phil Dick Friday, January 06, 2012 9:34:39 PM New onset diabetes? New onset seizures? Everyone that has those has to have a first time. Hard to report something you don't know you have. Also, large trucks often protect their drivers simply because of their size. Perfectly awake and sober truck drivers walk away from "crashes" (they no longer call them "accidents") all the time. I am not taking either side. This is a tragedy no matter from what angle you are looking it.
Alan Hubbard Alan Hubbard Friday, January 06, 2012 9:46:43 PM Our Dept went through a loss of a member in a auto accident this year.Even if you know who's at fault it helps no on in the end. If they done something stupid have not we not all done something stupid while driving but just got away with it. Cast not stones.
Trey Warren Trey Warren Friday, January 06, 2012 10:25:39 PM Rest In Peace to both the Medic and the Patient and hope for a speedy recovery for the EMT in the back. That is the only thing(s) that should be posted at this point in time. And as for Tiffany, well take a look at her age and consider the fact that 1- she is probably fairly new to EMS (I know, I know, you've been doing it for umteen years) and she knows everything that there is to know about everything and 2- she just needs to grow up. But the fact of the matter is and will still be that one of our own is dead, one in the hospital and there is another family out there having do deal with this also. So let's all stayed focused. Tanks guys and be safe.
Michael Montecalvo Michael Montecalvo Saturday, January 07, 2012 2:06:14 AM WOW Tiffany, what kind of career have u had so far to be so negative and judgemental. Did u know that in the majority of accidents it is our fault? And how easy do u think it is to stop a cement truck? Whether it is the truck drivers fault or not they will live with the fact that 2 people we're killed and they were involved. As a former FF/EMT-P I will know this feeling for the rest of my days... We've all been in those places where we're in danger, it comes with the job. We answer the alarm and do our jobs, it happens thousands of times everyday... Did u ever think that the truck driver wasn't hurt because of the size difference of the two vehicles? The difference in vehicle construction? You have alot to learn my dear and the first lesson is to keep your opinions to yourself when u don't have the facts to support them.
Michael Montecalvo Michael Montecalvo Saturday, January 07, 2012 2:09:23 AM Sympathy and blessings to all involved...
April M Just April M Just Saturday, January 07, 2012 6:22:18 AM Tiffany Mohr you don't know what happen and neither do I, so you should not post your opinion until you have all the facts.
Emiley Morris Emiley Morris Saturday, January 07, 2012 6:34:12 AM I'm so sad your gone every Wednesday night we ran together I hate. The last two Mountbatten I couldn't be thare to share your last days w.f.a.c will never be the same I'm still in shock my hear go's out to the family's and the crew may god bring us all peace some how throw this.
Kim Coakley Reeves Kim Coakley Reeves Saturday, January 07, 2012 8:47:29 AM Tiffany Mohr your department should reconsider its choice in you. As an emt you have to put your feelings aside at look at things from all perspectives. Obviuosly you are not mature enough to be a firefighter or an emt because your post was both unprofessional and opinionated. Andif it is in your department that it happened your violating Hippa by releasing information. As for the truck driver is at fault. no information has been givien, and as to your medical opinion of the state fo the truck driver you are only 22 with an emt license not a medical degree. You can not say from your experience that people in that drivers postion are always drunk,on the phone , or on drugs.That is not always the case People do get distracted, people panick when lights and sirens run up on the while driving, there are many enviromentmental factors that contribute to crashes. We dont assume in this profession. We respond and we care and we take care. MY prayers go out to the families and the department that lost lives and a speedy recovery to the brother or sister that was injured. It is time for us to come together not post negative speculation and opinions. Im really glad i dont know wshat department your in or hope that your department does not see your post. you have alot to learn in this field your still young and niave.
Tamara Annette Robinson Tamara Annette Robinson Saturday, January 07, 2012 9:25:33 AM Wow Tiffany...Way to go thinking you know everything. Please get a few more years under your belt, then maybe you'll understand why people are not pleased with your comment. Kyle. Rest in peace buddy. Your tour is done. Put your feet up, you can rest now....
JimPat Garrity JimPat Garrity Saturday, January 07, 2012 11:20:49 AM Tiffany, have you thought of going to work at the police Dept. where you can make such statements? Our heart and prayers go out to ALL and may the lost Hero's RIP.
Wilbur Russell Fraenzel Wilbur Russell Fraenzel Saturday, January 07, 2012 12:05:01 PM I would like to see full details on this before I make a judgment, but prayers go out to the families.
Kerrie Foster Kerrie Foster Saturday, January 07, 2012 12:29:21 PM My ex, was a FF/medic and this is EXACTLLY what happened to him. He was working PT with private, loaded and he hit a TDOT truck-they are state trucks used to assist broken down motorists on the highways in Nashville, TN. He was killed, pt killed and EMT in back was hurt really bad. This happened a little ovr 2 years ago and the loss never goes away! I have been an EMT for 11 years, and that was my first personal/professional tragedy. My heart and prayers go out to every single person who knew anyone involved in the accident. It's always hard to lose someone, but to lose them in a manner such as this is just--dumbfounding! I am so sorry for your loss and I can 100% empathise with each and every one of you!
Michael L. McCullough Michael L. McCullough Saturday, January 07, 2012 12:33:11 PM Well, as an EMR, I remember the first thing my Paramedic instructor said to me, "you're not here to diagnose, you're here to treat and deal with the situation", Tiffany's comments are very much "diagnosis" and not treatment or dealing with the situation. The diagnosis of this accident is in the capable hands of people who work these kind of scenes all the time. NHTSA does have very well educated, and disciplined people for this very reason. So, I'm just going to say that my heart and prayers go out to the families of everyone in this crash, and a hope for a speedy recovery for the EMT that survived, but also mental healing to that EMT as well, because we all know that trauma is more than just bodily injury. Lets drop the bashing, of the driver, and everything else, and focus on " how do we learn from this situation, and try to prevent this from happening to our friends and loved ones".
Kerrie Foster Kerrie Foster Saturday, January 07, 2012 12:50:53 PM Tiffany, you REALLY need to grow up-both personally AND professionally!! You have NO idea whose fault it is. I lost my ex in a crash EXACTLY like this--I mean EXACTLY!! It was NOT the other drivers fault. My ex was a FF/Medic they had a pt on board and both my ex AND the pt died. My ex drifted off the road and hit the OTHER guy! He wasn't drunk or on drugs or tired you stupid c***. He also wasn't texting or talking on his phone either!! The cause of death was never determined. You keep saying you will take the EMT's side, well what if the EMT was at fault, are you still going to take their side? Accidents happen for a reson--they are called ACCIDENTS. To jump in here with your off basis "professional" opinion is not required, nor warranted, nor wanted. NO ONE cares about who you are or what you THINK. Insurance will replace the truck, but those 2 people who died can never be replaced. All of us on here are EMT's/FF/Medics/Nurses-etc. YOU are not special on this page. Maybe you are in your family or around your friends and maybe you can dazzle them with your "knowledge" but on here with people who have FAR MORE knowledge you are just a rookie with limited knowledge and very little maturity. WE are NOT the police, therefore it is NOT our job to determine whose at fault. WE are a family. It is our JOB to pick up those who are hurting right now and send our condolences. It is our JOB to tell them we are sorry for their loss. It is our JOB to tell them we are here if they need anything. It is our JOB to show compassion, sorrow, sympathy, empathy. It is our JOB to grieve with them. See, you haven't experienced this yet. Your time will come. When it does-you remember those words up there that you posted, in haste with judgement, arrogance and immaturity. YOU remember when it is YOU that is hurting-someone like yourself-will come along and tear down the person you are grieving for. You get back with all of-this family that you are not a part of-and let us know how it feels. You tell us then if you still feel the way you do now and let us know if you are still standing on the righteous soap box of yours, or if someone knocked you off of it. I promise you, if I could I would yank you down off it and beat your head in the ground. You're arrogant, immature and uneducated. It's just a matter of time before someone gets a hold of you. Your time will come and when it does....just remember those words up there doll.....
Arlene Rodriguez Arlene Rodriguez Saturday, January 07, 2012 1:32:30 PM Hehe new word.
Steven Hull Steven Hull Saturday, January 07, 2012 2:14:45 PM Some of the Priority Ambulance people have walked in as customers here at These are all hard working (underpaid) nice people and our thoughts and prayers are with them and the truck driver this weekend. Months from now we will all review the findings and see how these, all too frequent, accidents can be avoided - nationwide. When I was a young "expert" in a big city, hot-shot system, I used to see an accident on TV jump to an instant conclusion - I was usually wrong. Decades later, I now live in small rural, mostly volunteer fire and rescue county here in Virginia. About 100 EMS workers per year die on the job. Largely, they don't get the mile long processions of Fire trucks and Police officers coming from all over the country to attend. The families don't get widows benefits to put the kids through school. Until the Internet, most of us would never have heard about an accident like this outside of our communities. But the effects of a fatal EMS accident touch thousands of people in small communities like ours. One of the few drawbacks of the EMS1 website headlines, is that too many of these stories we all comment on, come from TV News clips. Many times the accident story is incomplete, mis-quotes or misunderstands the people they are interviewing. It is not deliberate on the part of the News Crew - it just happens. 30 minutes of video and interviews gets cut to 30-90 seconds. I wish we could see these news clips along with the official findings - kind of like "Hospital Case Reviews" so we could all get a more clear view of these tragedies. We could learn more from this.
Steven Hull Steven Hull Saturday, January 07, 2012 3:09:50 PM Tiffany Mohr Too many assumptions to correct all in one post. But please put your "taxes" gun back in the holster. This was a Private Ambulance - no tax dollars involved. But here in Virginia our tree lined roads are narrow, and sight lines at rural intersections are narrow. People here have decided for decades not to put more money into road improvements for fear of higher taxes. It could be just one of 50 different "possible" causes in an accident like this. Also please remember that thousands of people read these threads each week. Most of us are or were EMTs, and/or firefighters. Hundreds of folks here are several levels of training higher than you have completed so far. Some readers here have careers and have managed experiences that you will only see in movies. Their are some people that read your thoughts that are shaping the national policy for EMS and US firefighting for the next generation. While it impresses your friends to be an "EMT and a Firefighter" Many here in a forum like this would say, "Just a beginner...lets hope she matures into her title." Stop, read these peoples' stories and learn something, think about this happening to your group ... then text.
Peggy Entwit Andrews Peggy Entwit Andrews Sunday, January 08, 2012 8:54:47 PM Very well said!
Larry Rock Larry Rock Monday, January 09, 2012 1:59:09 AM When life is at its worst, we are at our best. For the crew, their coworkers, friends, family, and the patient, the other driver and all theirs, and for the responders all... life is at its worst. Condolences to the families. Peace and strength to all our brothers and sisters at a time when pulling together shows the world... This is our best.
Phillip Griffin Phillip Griffin Monday, January 09, 2012 5:31:09 PM Well said my Daddy used to say...if you dont have anything nice to say...dont say anything at all...sympahthies to ALL involved.
Jonathan Upton Jonathan Upton Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:15:54 PM she has a right to express her opion just like yall do not takin sides mind ya but think befor u bad mouth a fellow emt rip brother.
Casey Fury Casey Fury Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:46:16 PM tiffany you overlooked the fact that it was an ambulance vs a cement truck which tend to be bigger and weigh alot more and also why was this ambulance on the wrong side of the road? rip to the victims.
Mert Rescue Mert Rescue Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:32:25 AM this was so bad that in the quest to save life you lose yours, so very sad. MTSRIP
Ron Burdett Ron Burdett Friday, January 13, 2012 3:03:36 PM Hmmm.. just remembering one morning while transferring a patient from Houston to Galveston, one of those grey mornings when everything was kinda wet/damp and had just taken a set of vitals, sat down in the Capt's chair and belted in when we were spinning like crazy after being slammed by a vette who had bald tires, lost it and crossed the center line. My first thought was that my partner had maybe fallen asleep at the wheel since we were both pretty tired and making the last transfer of a 24 hr shift. ISN'T IT AMAZING HOW YOU CAN JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS? (and be dead wrong) Fortunately no one was injured..... Just sayin'...
Tony Hoggard Tony Hoggard Friday, January 13, 2012 6:44:56 PM Sure, you have the right to think about what could have caused this, maybe about ways to prevent it from happening. But to come on here, and blatantly say that you, with all your obvious adult life experience, and EMS experience know, for a fact what caused it. That's an issue. It seems obvious you have no clue, and just like to think you do. Maybe you do it to make you feel better about yourself.If it was a medical, what if it was a first time acute problem? Think of that? Probably not. I do know how much rigs cost, do you? It was a PRIVATE service, taxes don't buy those rigs. Who cares if you're short on rigs, welcome to the club. Money is tight whether you work private, municipal or volunteer. It's apparent you're immature, and I hope you grow up. Otherwise, do us a favor. Pick a new career. I hear your local McDonald's is in need of someone to run the fryer.
Dennis Cowan Dennis Cowan Friday, January 13, 2012 8:16:14 PM Unlike my wreck.. Patient DOA and I got life flighted
Ron Burdett Ron Burdett Saturday, January 14, 2012 5:31:13 PM I remember...
Robert Gift Robert Gift Tuesday, January 31, 2012 6:22:44 PM Seems that when a cementruck is involved, it was the fault of the ambulance for not yielding to the truck. Likely it is very difficult for the cementruck driver to detect a siren. When the ambulance unexpectedly appears in the intersection, the very heavy truck cannot stop in time. So sad.
Terry-Ann Rahilly Terry-Ann Rahilly Tuesday, April 10, 2012 7:38:30 PM Tiffany Mohr you are ignorant, crass and self absorbed. You have no idea what happened in that accident. You should be ashamed of yourself. It does not matter how it happened you should be supportive to everyone involved. Your AGE IS SHOWING. Grow up and be a big girl. TO ALL THE FAMILYS INVOLVED OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU.
Terry-Ann Rahilly Terry-Ann Rahilly Tuesday, April 10, 2012 7:40:17 PM Narrow minded to say the least. She is showing her age. My heart goes out to all the people and familys involved in this tragedy. My prayers are with you. <3

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