EMT killed when tractor-trailer and ambulance collide

EMT killed when tractor-trailer and ambulance collide

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by CALEB TROOP / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 27 at 11:13 AM

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MONROE, N.C. -- One person was killed and a second person was injured in a wreck involving an ambulance and a tractor-trailer near Carolinas Medical Center Union late Tuesday morning.

The incident took place next to the hospital located at 600 Hospital Drive off Highway 74 and Venus Street in Monroe around 11 a.m.

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The Sandhills Ambulance Services vehicle flipped on its side during the crash, ejecting the driver and an EMT passenger. 

Officials said the EMT passenger, 43-year-old Belinda Gale Rivers of Cheraw was killed while the driver, Jonathan Cory Brown of Cheraw is listed in stable condition at a nearby hospital.  The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

The 18-wheeler veered off the road and came to a stop in front of a Bojangles after plowing into the ambulance, which was turning left from Venus Street on to Highway 74.

It's unclear who is at fault, but the ambulance had just gotten lunch at the nearby Bojangles after dropping a patient off.

"I was directly behind the tractor-trailer," said Andrew Jordan.  "I don't know who ran what but...basically the ambulance pulled out from Bojangles' parking lot at the light and the tractor-trailer sideswiped it and the ambulance flipped a couple of times."

Authorities reopened Highway 74 west around 2:30 p.m.  No charges have been filed, but an investigation is ongoing.

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