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Patient Killed in Georgia Ambulance Crash

A patient being transported from a nursing home to an emergency room was killed Friday morning when the ambulance he was in crashed in Rome, Georgia.

Details of the Fatal Ambulance Crash

News Channel 9 reports that the Puckett EMS ambulance was traveling southbound on Martha Berry Parkway (Highway 28) when it left the road way and struck two trees before overturning.

55-year-old Tony Patterson was fatally injured in the crash.

The driver of the ambulance and a medic in the back were transported to the hospital in stable condition.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident.

National Traffic Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 35,092 traffic-related deaths in 2015.
  • This marked a 7.2-percent increase from 2014, the largest percentage increase recorded in nearly 50 years.
  • Of those killed in 2015:
    • 22,441 were occupants of passenger vehicles
    • 5,376 were pedestrians
    • 4,976 were motorcyclists
    • 818 were pedalcyclists
    • 667 were occupants of large trucks
    • 227 were listed as other or as unknown
  • An additional 2,443,000 people were injured in automobile accidents in the U.S. in 2015.

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