• Jefferson Weaver

WRU Ambulance Hits Woman in Roadway

The woman struck by a Whiteville Rescue ambulance was standing in the roadway Monday when she was hit by a mirror on the vehicle, according to Trooper C. Grainger of the Highway Patrol.

Grainger said the ambulance was leaving the scene of an earlier wreck on U.S. 701 when the woman was struck around 5:30 p.m. near Crepe Myrtle Road and U.S. 701. The woman was apparently a bystander who was crossing the roadway. She was in the left lane when she was hit by the mirror of the ambulance.

The emergency vehicle was running lights and sirens at the time of the crash, Grainger said. The woman was wearing dark clothes, and apparently didn’t yield the right of way, the trooper said.

The ambulance was carrying a female patient who was injured in the head-on collision that snarled traffic north of Whiteville around 3:51 p.m. A male patient was airlifted from the scene to New Hanover Regional from that crash.

The Highway Patrol is investigating that crash as well. Additional information was not immediately available.

Whiteville Police and Fire responded to assist North Whiteville Volunteer Fire Department, Whiteville Rescue and the Highway Patrol.

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