Tenn. paramedic attacked at scene of car crash

By Melissa Kinton
The Monroe County Advocate
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SWEETWATER, Tenn — A Monroe County paramedic was injured as she triaged patients, including four children, at the scene of a head on collision in Sweetwater Wednesday night. Paramedic April Caywood was grabbed and shoved by some of the children’s families who shouted that their children weren’t being treated quickly enough.

Brad Smith, director of the county’s ambulance service, said an ambulance was on the scene within one minute of receiving a call about a wreck with multiple injuries. Six people in two cars were involved and five of them were injured.

According to Smith, Caywood was in the process of prioritizing and treating the injured when she was grabbed, causing her to twist her knee. After sending wreck patients to the hospital, Caywood went to the emergency room herself for her injury and wasn’t able to finish her shift.

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