Paramedic injured in ambulance crash loses leg
Tessie Odom Smith was responding to a call when the ambulance she was in was struck head-on by a pickup truck; the driver was charged with DUI
FLORENCE, S.C. — A veteran paramedic lost her right leg as the result of a collision between an ambulance and a pickup truck Wednesday morning in Florence, her family confirmed.
Florence officials confirmed an ambulance and pick-up truck were involved in the crash Wednesday on Church Street at 5:02 a.m. Three people were sent to the hospital for treatment. The driver of the pickup truck, an employee for a Pamplico-based lumber company who was driving a company vehicle, was charged with DUI and driving on a suspended license, officials confirmed.
Public Information Officer Billy C. Hatchell said crews were responding to an emergency call when the crash took place. Florence County EMS ambulances transported a total of three people from the scene to an area hospital, including the two medics.