One paramedic is dead and another was hospitalized with serious injuries following a crash near Greenville involving an 18-wheeler and an ambulance.
Details of the Greenville Trucking Accident
According to CBS-DFW, the crash happened shortly before 7:00 pm Wednesday on U.S. Highway 69 just north of Greenville.
Authorities say a tractor-trailer was backing out of a private drive onto the highway when a UT East Texas Health System ambulance struck the side of the semi, ending up underneath the truck. Reports indicate the ambulance was unable to avoid the 18-wheeler.
The driver of the ambulance, 42-year-old David Eads, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other paramedic was flown to a Tyler hospital in serious but stable condition.
No patients were in the ambulance at the time of the collision.
A citation was issued to the driver of the semi. The crash remains under investigation.
Trucking Accident Facts and Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 433,000 accidents involving large trucks reported in 2017.
4,761 people were killed in trucking accidents with large trucks accounting for nine percent of all vehicles involved in fatal accidents.
Of the deaths that occurred in trucking crashes in 2017, only 18 percent were truck drivers. The remaining 82 percent were occupants of other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Texas has remained the state with the most recorded truck accident deaths for years and recorded 649 truck accident fatalities in 2017. California was a distant second with 361 deaths.
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