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N.C. EMS member charged in ambulance crash

The Duplin County EMS ambulance had been struck by a tractor-trailer after it failed to stop at a stop sign while on a non-emergency transport

By Bill Carey

DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. — The driver of a Duplin County EMS ambulance was charged following a collision with a tractor-trailer.

The collision occurred on June 12 at the intersection of Highway 111 and Sheep Pasture Road in the Albertson area, WITN reported.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol stated that the ambulance crew was doing a non-emergency transport, without lights and siren, when they failed to stop at a stop sign and turned in front of the tractor-trailer, WCTI reported.

Two EMS workers were airlifted to ECU Health Medical Center, while the patient was transported to the Greenville hospital.

Duplin County EMS Director Brandon McMahon said the crash will have an impact on staffing.

“It’ll take them out of work for a while. So, you know we’re already battling staffing shortages. So, yes this will affect us as far as staffing goes,” McMahon said.

You can’t help anyone if you don’t get there safely; always practice defensive driving, especially when you’re responding to an emergency call