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Ambulance flips while carrying patient

Posted September 2, 2008

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— An ambulance carrying a patient crashed Tuesday morning in Fayetteville, sending the patient and medical crew to a hospital, police said.

The crash happened at about 9 a.m. near the intersection of Raeford Road and Bunce Road, blocking northbound traffic on Raeford Road for a couple of hours.

Traffic was stopped on Raeford Road for a red light, and the ambulance failed to stop for the light and swerved to avoid the traffic, police said. The ambulance clipped the back of a car, causing the ambulance driver to lose control and the vehicle to flip, police said, noting two other vehicles also were damaged in the incident.

The ambulance is owned by American Medical Response and was coming from Hoke County. Its lights and siren weren't on at the time of the wreck, police said, and it was unclear if it was headed to a hospital or a physician's office.

The ambulance driver, Hector Michaud IV, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, police said.

Michaud, paramedic Jessica Hayworth and Curtis White, the patient in the ambulance, were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. There was no word on White's initial medical condition.


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  • hecnan4 Sep 3, 2008

    Ok let's start off by saying everybody is fine. This could happen to anyone of us including the ones leaving comments. You all were not there, it's so easy to sit there and say you could have done better. Correct me if I'm wrong BUT I did not read anywhere that it gave the driver's age.(tractorprincess) You must know the driver and have some reason to speak out about him. God bless all the negative feedback, and that everyone is ok. God bless the driver and AMR, for what they do for those in need of their sevice.

  • bs101fly Sep 2, 2008

    "could and does happen to many on a daily basis"

    sounds like some licenses needed to be revoked then. there's ZERO excuse for flipping ANY kind of vehicle, short of being T-Boned or running off into a ditch, and I think those that do should have their insurance doubled too!

    They're costing US ALL!

  • wonbyone74 Sep 2, 2008

    i hope everyone involved is ok...so sorry for the patient...he was already not well and to have this happen!! to answer the question below...he wont receive 2 bills...the hospital will receive a bill from him!!! im certain that will be a lawsuit!!!

  • TractorPrincess Sep 2, 2008

    Guess AMR will think twice about hiring another 19 year old...

  • Evil one Sep 2, 2008

    I doubt anybody was trying to be a smart but or push the limits. Seems he just lost concentration, could and does happen to many on a daily basis. Glad no one seriously hurt.

  • bs101fly Sep 2, 2008

    maybe learn how to drive??

  • xchief661 Sep 2, 2008

    "Wonder if the patient has to pay two ambulance bills now" LOL!

    42itus I doubt he will recieve a bill at all!

  • xchief661 Sep 2, 2008

    Ok, first of all there are clear rules to driving an ambulance and this is not one of them. The driver should be cited and have his or her EMS relieve them of their driving rights for a while. Anyone, who works EMS or fire knows what to do and what not to do but sometimes you get a little smartbutt who wants to push the limits to all the rules and put others in danger as well as themselves. EMS retired!

  • 42ITUS Sep 2, 2008

    Wonder if the patient has to pay two ambulance bills now.

  • starglow2005 Sep 2, 2008

    I'd hate to be the ambulance driver having to explain that slick move to the boss. I guess they forgot that no lights/siren means you can't run through red lights.