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Ambulance slams into parked car on I-40 ramp

Posted April 15, 2009

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— A Cape Fear Valley Health System ambulance slammed into a parked car Wednesday morning on an Interstate 40 exit ramp, authorities said.

The wreck occurred at about 9:30 a.m. on the eastbound I-40 ramp to northbound Interstate 95 in Johnston County. The ambulance ran off the road and hit the parked car, authorities said.

No one was in the parked car, and the ambulance wasn't carrying any patients at the time.

The ambulance driver was taken to Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn, and a second paramedic in the ambulance was taken to WakeMed. There was no word Wednesday morning on the severity of their injuries.

The Highway Patrol is investigating the case.

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  • news4u Apr 16, 2009

    "Not that it has anything to do with this crash, but speed is the one law that can be violated without running lights and siren by law, fire and ambulances, as long as in performance of duty."
    wa4mjf

    Can you provide the General Statute to substantiate that misinformed statement?

  • RonnieR Apr 15, 2009

    Not that it has anything to do with this crash, but speed is the one law that can be violated without running lights and siren by law, fire and ambulances, as long as in performance of duty.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 15, 2009

    Looks like the emergency vehicle driver wasn't safely driving his vehicle.

    It's amazing how many police cards and ambulances significantly speed above the speed limit without the lights and sirens on.

    When emergency vehicles don't have the lights and sirens on, they are expected to follow the speed limit.

  • bilbobag99 Apr 15, 2009

    krisandbruiser, please read the article:

    "The ambulance ran off the road and hit the parked car, authorities said."

    In other words, the parked car was off the road.

  • wildgentle1nc Apr 15, 2009

    Learn to pay attention to the road.

  • krisandbruiser Apr 15, 2009

    Uh, the article said the car was parked ON the ramp, unattended.

  • Adelinthe Apr 15, 2009

    Holy Mackerel!

    Praying for the driver.

    God bless.

    RB

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 15, 2009

    He must have been texting someone about the "No Texting" billboard he just saw.

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Apr 15, 2009

    I am hoping for the best outcome for all involved in this incident.

    As for the events leading up to this crash... I am speachless. This is everyones worst fear in driving an emergency vehicle. This obviously was not an emergency run so sadly I hope it was operator error rather than a health related issue. Regardless, a piece of equipment can be replaced, a member of your crew can not. I hope and pray for a full recovery of all involved, both physically and mentally.

  • Skywatch_NC Apr 15, 2009

    Prayers and thoughts with the ambulance driver and the other paramedic.