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Transmission falls from ambulance, causes accidents

Two drivers following the ambulance struck transmission debris, their vehicles damaged

By By Steve Huffman

GRAHAM, N.C. — An ambulance losing part of its transmission caused an accident on Interstate 40/85 Thursday morning.

Two drivers following the ambulance struck transmission debris, their vehicles damaged.

“One of the women described it as a pretty big piece of metal,” said Trooper J.B. Chinnici of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

He said the driver of the ambulance was traveling east near the N.C. 54 exit when his vehicle began shaking violently. The driver told Chinnici he looked in his rearview mirror and saw debris on the interstate behind him.

“He described it as sounding like an explosion,” Chinnici said of the mechanical malfunction.

The ambulance lost power and the vehicle coasted to the side of the interstate. There were no injuries. Chinnici said the ambulance, which belongs to Mission Hospital in Asheville, was transporting a patient to Jacksonville. He said another ambulance was summoned to take the patient the remainder of the trip.

The ambulance was a 2009 McCoy Miller model driven by Randy Fugate, 50, of Clyde. The first car to strike the debris was a ‘98 Buick driven by Sandra Jarrell, 52, of Blue Moon Trail in Burlington.

Chinnici said the debris punctured the gas tank in Jarrell’s vehicle and the car lost about eight to 10 gallons of fuel. He said the spill was cleaned up by members of responding fire departments.

The second vehicle to strike debris was a 2010 Kia driven by Shauna Smith, 43, of Charlotte. Chinnici said damage to that car was minimal – primarily a punctured right front tire. The tire was changed and Smith was able to continue.

The accident happened about 10 a.m. Chinnici said no charges were filed.

“Think about it,” he said, “either me or you could have been driving it.”

Chinnici said the accident could have been considerably more serious. “Everything’s fine compared to what it could have been,” he said.

Republished with permission of Times-News

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Larry Davis Larry Davis Friday, December 21, 2012 4:38:06 PM We dropped a drive shaft on an ambulance going code 3 to a cardiac arrest back in the 80s in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
Andrew Tucker Andrew Tucker Saturday, December 22, 2012 10:08:26 AM The ambulance is a McCoy Miller Model? That just tells you who made the box, who made the actual truck?
Jodi Pco Jodi Pco Saturday, December 22, 2012 10:44:25 AM Blew an engine and threw oil for 1/2 a mile working code three. I will never forget the motorcycle that was following in our wake, drafting!
David Wayne Benton David Wayne Benton Saturday, December 22, 2012 3:00:15 PM We blow a vacuum hose or something like that. The crew before the morning before said it went to fleet maintenance when they had issues and saw it was cracked. When it blew on us the next days it had only been duct taped together. How we could tell......the hose blew in half in the center of the spot that was duct taped.........we were mad. Especially since WE got wrote up for not making the priority one call which was in another trucks district to begin with. We were 30 mins away they were 2 minutes away.
Melinda Teaster Williams Melinda Teaster Williams Friday, December 28, 2012 5:39:24 AM I was thinking the samething

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