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Fatal crash involving ambulance, bus on Eastern Shore

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Wachapreague, Va. – A 60-year-old man who was being taken to the hospital in an ambulance in Accomack County has died after the vehicle was involved in an accident.

At around 3:43 p.m. State Police responded  to a two-vehicle accident in the intersection of Route 13, Lankford Highway and Route 180, Wachapreague Road.

The Bloxum Volunteer Rescue Squad was going southbound on Route 13 transporting Douglas R. McCready. They had their sirens activated when they drove through a red light. Once in the intersection, they hit a 2013 Ford Star Transit Bus. The ambulance then lost control and overturned several times.

Three in the volunteer crew were injured. They suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the bus, Jeanne K. Moore, was the only one on the bus at the time. She was not injured.

This accident is still under investigation.

18 comments

    • John Tyson

      The issue is that the ambulance was traveling through an intersection with lights and siren. That only request the right of way and does not grant. If the light was red when the ambulance went through the ambulance was in the wrong. Overturning several time as stated suggest that the ambulance as traveling at a high rate of speed and due regard was not exercised when approaching or navigating the intersection.

  • Medic

    Actually state code 46.2-920 requires emergency vehicles to operate with due regard when operating with lights and sirens. If the ambulance entered the intersection on the red light at high speed the driver of the ambulance will most likely be charged

    • Um....

      What I’m wondering is how far the bus had already proceeded into the intersection-maybe they were already pretty much out in the middle, without time to get out of the way, especially if the driver was completing a turn. The ambulance may not have been able to avoid the bus or stop in time.

  • no

    See you all have the story wrong get it write. Don’t say stuff until the state police give you the right information.

  • Dennis Mullins

    According to the Emergency Services of Virginia, An emergency vehicle MUST slow down at ANY intersection even if it has a green light! which makes the ambulances fault

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