Two killed when car collides with ambulance in Newberry

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NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) - Two women have died and five people were injured after their car collided with an ambulance in Newberry County.

Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Bryan McDougald told The State newspaper of Columbia that the women died Friday night. They were 22 and 23 years old and had addresses in Germany. Their names were withheld until family members could be notified.

McDougald says three people in the car and the ambulance's two medical workers were injured in the crash and taken to a local hospital.

The ambulance was traveling with its lights and siren on. McDougald says the driver of the car had pulled onto the shoulder of U.S. Highway 76 to let the ambulance pass, but returned to the road before it got around her.

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Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 10/03/10 - 04:51 pm
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How could the driver see the

How could the driver see the ambulance behind them and take appropriate action by moving to the side of the road, but not notice that the lit up noisy ambulance hadn't gotten past them?

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 10/03/10 - 08:06 pm
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Seems like the driver

Seems like the driver probably wasn't pulling over to let the ambulance pass but more than likely swerving off the side of the road due to inattentiveness from texting on a phone, looking for their turn or something else!!! What other reason would they have for pulling out without letting the ambulance pass if it had actually seen it?

Nativeson1
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Nativeson1 10/03/10 - 08:22 pm
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Amazing how some people can

Amazing how some people can assume they know what happened regarding something they were nowhere around...All by just reading an article...Amazing (roll eyes)...How about you go to accident reconstruction school and become certified in determining what happened when people die on the roadway...

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 10/03/10 - 11:23 pm
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Did anyone post that they

Did anyone post that they know exactly what happened? I see people giving opinions or guesses based on the article. Reading comprehension is a good thing. Boy, talk about jumping to conclusions, pot. Drunk is another good guess, but I was trying to be nice about it. There's no good reason for the accident if they had really pulled over for the ambulance other than drunk or just not paying attention. The very very slim chance of a medical condition or car malfunction just wouldn't be ones first guess since there are so many horrid drivers on the road. What bleeding heart excuse are you already making for the avoidable incident since you seem to know exactly what did not happen? Sounds like you know the bad driver involved. lol

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Orlandu 10/04/10 - 01:37 am
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If they were German, they

If they were German, they were more highly trained than just about any other driver here in the states. You have no idea the training they go through over there. They were probably used to the ambulances going faster as the ambulance drivers are in schools for over a year learning high speed driving and evasive maneuvers. I think they still do that training, I'll have to ask some family about that.

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