October 4, 2011 - Clarksburg, W.Va. - A person was killed when an ambulance and a pickup truck collided on Sunday, October 2.
WBOY reports that the accident occurred after 9 p.m. near the Route 50-Interstate 79 interchange. According to police, the ambulance entered the intersection against a red light. The pickup truck then crashed into the side of the ambulance, causing the ambulance to tip over and land on its side.
A patient in the ambulance was killed in the collision and pronounced dead at the scene. The ambulance had been taking the patient from Doddridge County to United Hospital Center.
None of the other people affected by the accident suffered life-threatening injuries.
Police said that law requires an ambulance to "take control of an intersection" before it can drive through the intersection. In this case, the ambulance was flashing its lights as the siren was sounded but the driver failed to take control of the intersection before driving on.
An accident re-constructionist was called to the scene to assist the investigation. Authorities with the Clarksburg Police, Fire and Harrison County EMS were also on the scene.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 356 fatalities as a result of car accidents in West Virginia.
In an effort to raise awareness of common factors in serious and fatal car accidents in West Virginia, our firm routinely publishes news items about traffic crashes in our region.
Common West Virginia accidents include, but are not limited to:
- single-car crashes;
- tractor-trailer accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- distracted driver crashes.
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