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Ala. medics injured, patient dead in multi-vehicle crash

A 74-year-old patient died after head-on collision involving a Regional Paramedical Services ambulance


By Howard Koplowitz

TALLADEGA COUNTY, Ala. — A 74-year-old ambulance patient was killed early Tuesday evening after the vehicle was involved in a multi-vehicle collision in Talladega County that also injured four others, including the ambulance driver and a paramedic, authorities said Wednesday.

Dana M. Foster, 74, of Lincoln, died when the 2013 Ford F-350 ambulance collided head-on with a 2006 Freightliner tractor-trailer before the ambulance then hit a 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and a 2023 Honda CRV around 5:20 p.m. Tuesday on Alabama 21 near Sylacauga, said Senior Trooper Justin O’Neal of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

The driver of the ambulance, a paramedic on board the vehicle and the drivers of the two other vehicles involved in the wreck were taken to local hospitals for treatment, O’Neal said.

Regional Paramedical Services, which owns the ambulance, released a statement from Vice President David Waid on the incident Tuesday evening:

“We are currently in the process of gathering information and working with the investigators surrounding the accident,” Waid said in the statement. “Our immediate thoughts and prayers are with all the individuals and families involved.”

Further information was unavailable as state troopers continued to investigate the wreck.

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