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2 EMTs hurt when ambulance crashes into trees

They both suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and the cause of the crash is under investigation

By EMS1 Staff

POWHATAN COUNTY, Va. — Two EMTs suffered serious non-life threatening injures when a Richmond Ambulance Authority van ran off the road and crashed into trees off Route 60 in Powhatan.

The male driver, 19, was transported by ambulance to VCU medical center and the male passenger, 27, was airlifted to the same hospital, WTVR reports.

“There were no patients onboard at the time of the crash,” Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Molnar told the news station. It occurred Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Tammy Cameron Tammy Cameron Friday, March 07, 2014 1:04:54 PM Our squad has age limits. I think an ems driver should have some experience especially since it's a lot of responsibility making sure your crew and patient arrive safe at the hospital
Michael Sandoval Michael Sandoval Friday, March 07, 2014 1:42:29 PM Age limit in our area is 21
Joe Patterson Joe Patterson Friday, March 07, 2014 2:01:32 PM We allow driving without patients for experience.
Wendy Kasdorf-Baker Wendy Kasdorf-Baker Friday, March 07, 2014 3:11:48 PM Hope they are doing ok
Christopher Maloney Christopher Maloney Friday, March 07, 2014 3:18:04 PM We have a safety course to complete produced by our insurer. Surprise, it's the OLD guys that fail it mostly, forgetting that they've developed some unsafe habits over the years like NOT driving defensively. Experienced motorcycle drivers are usually the safest pilots of ambulances, they've reinforced that technique over the years.
Carol Wiggins Carol Wiggins Friday, March 07, 2014 4:37:24 PM I believe one should be a licensed driver for at least 5 yrs and pass an EVOC or CEVO course
Carol Wiggins Carol Wiggins Friday, March 07, 2014 4:38:02 PM Prayers for a speedy recovery
John Lucas John Lucas Saturday, March 08, 2014 3:54:29 AM I hope both crew are on the mend.
Scott Bierman Scott Bierman Saturday, March 08, 2014 7:26:48 AM I don't buy into this. I know a lot of responsible 19 year olds who drive better than some in their 40's. Proper supervision is the key. And it's much harder to slow down and correct bad driving habits of someone older who has the know it all attitude. Handle privileges case by case.
Shain Vick Shain Vick Saturday, March 08, 2014 2:57:30 PM Culture of the Organization is the number one thing to driving safety. Take all the CEVO.EVOC classes you want, but if the leaders, both officers and non-officers are not modeling good driving techniques, the subordinates will follow. I pray that these two recover well. I hope they post the findings from the investigation. It may have been mechanical.....

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