Patient dies when ambulance wrecks on I-20 in SC

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 10:00 AM
Last updated 3:48 PM
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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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Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/04/09 - 11:19 am
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Talk about bad luck...

Talk about bad luck...

jff
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jff 02/04/09 - 03:00 pm
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mo money mo money

mo money mo money

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/04/09 - 04:11 pm
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There is no need for an

There is no need for an ambulance to ever speed. Many studies back this up.

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Nothing else to say 02/04/09 - 04:35 pm
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It doesn't say they were

It doesn't say they were speeding .... it just says they were transporting patient.... this was a patient from North Carolina.

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Nothing else to say 02/04/09 - 04:36 pm
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And, remember that when

And, remember that when you're having bleeding to death or having an MI and are wondering where the devil the paramedics are.....

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One Who Watches 02/04/09 - 07:43 pm
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Amen, Riverman will be the

Amen, Riverman will be the loudest one shouting when him or his family are waiting on an ambulance, firetruck, or the police to help him.
All thoughts and prayers are for Mr. Bryants family.
And we should not forget the driver of the ambulance. They devote thier life to helping others and this driver is no exception. He is devestated by what has happened.
It was a regular transport at no time was this ambulance running lights and sirens or was he speeding.

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Riverman1 02/04/09 - 08:25 pm
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I am not specifically saying

I am not specifically saying this ambublance was speeding. Why they ran off I-20, I have no idea. I am making a statement that statistics prove ambulances are just as effective without speeding and many jurisdictions do not allow ambulances to speed. That rule should be emphasized everywhere. Sources: National Transportation Safety Board, Journal of the American Medical Association August 2007.

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Riverman1 02/05/09 - 12:24 am
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OneWhoWatches, exactly as

OneWhoWatches, exactly as other drivers can do. I sincerely hope the ambulance was not going even 10 mph hour over the limit because there was no reason to with that burn patient. We entrust our loved ones to these drivers. The ambulance ran off the right side of the road. If that happened to any of us, it would result in a ticket.

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fish2 02/05/09 - 01:42 pm
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Riverman is correct---a

Riverman is correct---a ambublance should not speed and are just as effective without speeding. The red lights and siren are used to safely move into intersections and traffic not for speeding and endangering your patient.

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sharpshooter 02/05/09 - 04:57 pm
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I'm not sure if they were

I'm not sure if they were speeding either, but it sounds like the patient was driving or they were speeding.

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