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LODD: Ky. EMT killed in ambulance crash

Police said a tractor-trailer pulled into the path of the Somerset-Pulaski County EMS ambulance


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By Christopher Leach
Lexington Herald-Leader

SOMERSET, Ky. — An ambulance driver and a patient in the vehicle were killed in a collision with a semi-truck Monday morning, according to Kentucky State Police.

The crash happened around 9 a.m. at the intersection of Lexington Road (US-27) and Old Lexington Road in Garrard County. KSP said the semi-truck driver was traveling east on Old Lexington Road and made a left turn onto Lexington Road in front of a Somerset-Pulaski County ambulance traveling north on Lexington Road.

The driver of the ambulance, 26-year-old Chastian McWhorter, of Albany, and a patient in the ambulance, 75-year-old Robert Caudill, of Nancy, were declared dead on scene by the Garrard County coroner, according to KSP. Another passenger in the ambulance was transported to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The semi-truck driver was also transported to UK Chandler Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, KSP said.

Somerset-Pulaski County EMS confirmed the collision involved one of its ambulances but provided no other details about the crash.

“Keep us in your thoughts and prayers as one of our ambulances has been involved in a major accident in Garrard County,” Somerset-Pulaski County EMS said in a Facebook post.

KSP is investigating the crash. At 10:30 a.m. the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said the southbound lanes of Lexington Road at the Lexington-Old Lexington Road intersection is expected to be closed for approximately three to four hours.

The southbound lanes of traffic are being alternated with northbound traffic while the blockage is in effect, according to the transportation cabinet.

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