Video: Patient dies after N.C. ambulance hits ice, flips, crashes

Two METZ Medical Transport employees were injured but in stable condition following the incident


By Leila Merrill

KNIGHTDALE, N.C. — A patient being transported died early Friday when the ambulance he was in hit a patch of ice, slammed into a guardrail, ran off Interstate 87, flipped over and went down an embankment into some woods, CBS 17 reported. The two EMS providers in the rig were injured.

After light snowfall overnight, the News & Observer was reporting slippery roads and multiple crashes on Interstate 40

The ambulance that crashed just before 3:45 a.m. belongs to METZ Medical Transport, according to Wake County EMS spokesperson Brian Brooks. METZ Medical Transport is a private transport company based in Rocky Mount.

Brooks said the patient was being taken to Duke University for a cardiac procedure, went into cardiac arrest while being transported, and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The two EMS providers were transported to WakeMed and were in stable condition.

A METZ spokesperson said that their colleagues were “doing well, but we don’t know the extent of their injuries at this time. At this point, we have no comment. It’s under investigation.”

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