Patient dies when ambulance wrecks on I-20 in SC

LEXINGTON, S.C. — A Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital patient has died after the ambulance he was in wrecked on Interstate 20 in central South Carolina.

State troopers say the ambulance ran off the right side of I-20 near the U.S. 378 exit in Lexington County around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, hitting a sign and a tree.

Troopers say the ambulance then went back across the highway, striking the concrete wall in the median.

Authorities say 51-year-old Richard Bryant of Stanley, N.C., died at the hospital, while the driver and a paramedic suffered minor injuries.

The coroner's office says Bryant died from chest injuries suffered in the crash. He was being taken from a burn center in Augusta, Ga., to a hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Highway Patrol's special investigation team is looking at the wreck.

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