2 NC EMTs hospitalized after fatal ambulance crash

Two Henderson County Rescue Squad EMTs were hospitalized with serious injuries when a driver crashed head-on into the ambulance during a transport


Times-News, Hendersonville, N.C.

HENDERSON COUTNY, N.C. — The Henderson County Rescue Squad has mobilized to help two of its own after a fatal collision Wednesday evening.

Two Rescue Squad EMTs were taking a patient to a facility when their ambulance was struck head on by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, Public Information Officer Rhonda Chislaghi said Thursday. The driver of the vehicle that struck them died at the scene.

Two Rescue Squad EMTs were taking a patient to a facility when their ambulance was struck head on by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, Public Information Officer Rhonda Chislaghi said Thursday.
Two Rescue Squad EMTs were taking a patient to a facility when their ambulance was struck head on by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, Public Information Officer Rhonda Chislaghi said Thursday. (Photo/Henderson County Rescue Squad)

The two Rescue Squad personnel were seriously injured and taken to Mission Hospital, Chislaghi said in a statement. As of Thursday afternoon, one was in critical but stable condition and the other was in stable condition.

Family members have requested that their names and injured not be disclosed.

The patient in the ambulance was also injured and taken to a local hospital, where they were treated and released.

The N.C. Highway Patrol told media outlets that the crash occurred on South Allen Road near the intersection of Upward Road at about 8:40 p.m., and that Nathaniel Mark Perry, 28, of Hendersonville, died at the scene.

The Rescue Squad family immediately worked to assist at the scene, the station and the hospital, Chislaghi said in the statement.

"Our extended family of Henderson County 911 Communications, Henderson County EMS, Henderson County Sheriff's Office, Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue, Henderson County Emergency Management and the N.C. State Highway Patrol worked the incident scene and provided excellent care to those who needed it," the statement says.

"Henderson County could not ask for better Emergency Services personnel to care for them in their time of need. We could not do this job without each other.

"We want to express our condolences to the family of the driver who was killed. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time. We also ask that you keep our personnel and the patient we were transporting in your thoughts and prayers.

"Our department will continue to provide support during this healing process to our injured and their families. We are also providing all our personnel the outlet to talk about this incident with peer support counselors.

"Thank you for your continued support of our department."

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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