Patient Douglas McCready, of Parksley is Killed in Eastern Shore Ambulance Crash
When you are being transported by an ambulance to receive medical care, the last thing you expect is for the driver of the ambulance to place your life in danger.
Sadly, this is what appears to have happened on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on Monday night when a 60-year-old patient was killed when the ambulance transporting him crashed. The ambulance driver was later charged, according to TV reports.
WAVY.com reported on a two vehicle crash involving a Bloxom County ambulance and a 2013 Ford Star Transit bus at the intersection of the notorious Lankford Highway (Route 13) and Wachapreague Road (Route 180). It happened around 3:45 p.m. on Monday.
Sgt. Michelle Anaya of Virginia State Police said the ambulance was transporting a patient with its lights and siren activated. It was traveling south on Route 13. The driver drove through a red light at the Route 180 intersection. Anaya said that’s when the ambulance crashed into a bus, causing the ambulance to “overturn several times.”
The patient who was being transported died at the scene of the crash. He was later identified as 60-year-old Douglas McCready, of Parksley. My thoughts are with his family after this tragic incident.
According to information from Accomack County Public Service, the ambulance had four medics on board. They were all treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital the same day. The bus driver, who was the only occupant of the bus, was not injured in the crash.
Anaya said the 38-year-old ambulance driver who is from Exmore, was charged with failure to obey a traffic signal. Virginia State Police continue to investigate the cause of the crash. Anaya said police have been taking to the local Commonwealth’s attorney’s office.
When an emergency vehicle has its lights flashing and its sirens on, other vehicles have an obligation to move out of the way for it. However, it’s not always possible for large vehicles to get out of the way in time on busy intersections and the drivers of emergency vehicles must make sure the coast is clear before they drive through red lights.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2012 Traffic Safety Facts, 34 people were killed in accidents involving ambulances, nine deaths were related to fire trucks and 83 deaths were caused by police cruisers in 2012.
If you lose a loved one due to the fault of a driver of an emergency vehicle, you often have grounds to file a lawsuit against a municipality or a health district. Call our Eastern Shore of Virginia personal injury lawyers at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation. Cooper Hurley has a client meeting location in Exmore on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and has worked with many clients on the Eastern Shore.