Tennessee car wreck: Ambulance crashes into three cars, 1 dead

A 35-year-old woman apparently injured by fireworks was being rushed to a Tennessee hospital when the ambulance carrying her collided with a car at an intersection. The ambulance then struck two other cars. The car wreck left one dead and nine injured. The accident is now under investigation and charges are pending.

The ambulance was taking the patient to a Sullivan County hospital. It was not immediately clear what led to the initial collision. An 18-year-old female, the lone occupant of the car that was struck first, was killed.

After the initial contact, the ambulance then careened into another car. That vehicle contained four individuals, including three children. The ambulance then struck another car in which there was just one person, an 18-year-old driver. Both of these vehicles were waiting to turn at the intersection. The ambulance driver was a 22-year-old woman, and the vehicle contained two additional occupants, including the patient.

Once the investigation is complete, a clearer picture of what caused this car wreck may be obtained. Like other motorists on Tennessee roadways, drivers of emergency vehicles must exercise a reasonable degree of care. Should the evidence suggest that the woman failed in that regard, she may face criminal charges as well as wrongful death and personal injury claims. Those claims would likely be against the driver individually as well as against her employer. If liability is established to the satisfaction of a civil court judge, claims for reimbursement of monetary damages said to have resulted from the multi-vehicle tragedy will be adjudicated.

Source: timesnews.net, "One killed, nine injured in four-vehicle accident involving ambulance," Jeff Bobo, July 7, 2013

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