Patrol: Speed factor in ambulance wreck
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April 03, 2013 12:00 AM | 2656 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Three were sent to a local hospital after the driver of an AmeriMed ambulance lost control of the vehicle early Sunday morning, left Interstate 575 and struck a tree, ejecting the two passengers, according to the Georgia State Patrol. <br>Special to the Tribune
Three were sent to a local hospital after the driver of an AmeriMed ambulance lost control of the vehicle early Sunday morning, left Interstate 575 and struck a tree, ejecting the two passengers, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
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An ambulance driver going too fast for wet conditions on Interstate 575 led to a single-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning that ejected the driver and a patient from the back of the vehicle, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Tim Cavender said a 911 dispatcher received a call just after 2 a.m. from the driver of the AmeriMed ambulance. The ambulance was headed north on Interstate 575 north of Highway 140 when the driver lost control of the ambulance and it struck some trees, he said in a release.

Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said the driver, Amanda Lynn Johns, 32, of Rome, lost control of the 2008 Chevrolet while maneuvering through a curve on a wet roadway.

Both Johns and passenger Nicholas Carchio, 22 of Hinesville, were ejected from the ambulance, Wright said.

Johns was issued a citation for driving too fast for conditions, Wright said.

“The vehicle left the roadway while rotating counter-clockwise and struck a tree,” Wright said in an e-mail Monday. “After impact, the vehicle rotated again and struck a tree with its front.”

Johns and the two other passengers, Carchio and Rose Kozik, 48 of Monroe, were transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta for treatment. Cavender said none of the three appeared to have any serious injuries.

“The ambulance appeared to be a total loss,” Cavender said.

No additional injuries were reported.

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April 03, 2013
The injured were transported to Wellstar in Marietta instead of Northside in Canton, Very interesting.
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