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Child Killed in VA Car and Ambulance Crash

Lauren Fernandez1 year ago

A motor vehicle crash in Virginia involving a car and ambulance resulted in the death of one child.

About the Virgina Crash

The crash occurred in Washington County, Virginia on Interstate 81 on the afternoon of July 4 when a car crossed the highway median and struck an ambulance, reports the Herald Courier of Bristol, Virginia.

Investigators have determined that the 2012 Toyota Corolla was traveling north on I-81 when it hydroplaned and went off the left side of the road, crossed the grassy median, and struck an ambulance traveling southbound on the interstate, said Virginia State Police (VSP) Sgt. Daniel Price. The ambulance driver, Christopher Arnold, 40, was unable to avoid the oncoming vehicle. The crash remains under investigation.

Lt. Ricky Stumbo of the Glade Spring Volunteer Fire Department stated that there was one passenger in the ambulance besides the driver and the vehicle was not transporting anyone at the time. The passenger was transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver and 4 passengers of the Corolla, including 3 children, were extracted from the vehicle by emergency personnel in “an extensive operation” that “lasted more than 90 minutes,” said Lt. Stumbo. One child died at the scene, confirmed by VSP spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

The adult female driver of the vehicle and its 16-year-old female front-seat passenger were flown to separate hospitals for treatment of serious injuries. Two other children in the backseat were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Seat Belt Statistics

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that motor vehicle crashes are among the leading causes of death for individuals aged 1- 54 in the U.S.
  • Over 30,000 people are killed each yeah in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S.
  • In 2012, more than 2.2 million adult drivers and passengers went to hospital emergency rooms for crash-related injuries.
  • The CDC found that in 2011, more than 650 children under 12 years of age died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. Over 148,000 were injured. 


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