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Three hurt when tractor-trailer strikes ambulance on U.S. 340

November 25, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- An ambulance driver from Ranson, W.Va., was flown to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center after a tractor-trailer hauling lumber struck the emergency vehicle Wednesday morning near Charles Town, police said.

David Swan, 54, who works for Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency, was injured in the collision at the intersection of U.S. 340 and Old Country Club Road, according to Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy G.W. Bradshaw.

Melanie Goff, 18, of Charles Town, and Ciara Boggs, 20, of Harpers Ferry, volunteers with Friendship Fire Co. who were aboard the ambulance, were taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital for their injuries, Bradshaw said.

No official information on the conditions of the injured was available Wednesday evening.

The tractor-trailer driver, Harold Bolick, 44, of Hudson, N.C., was not injured in the accident, which was reported at 11:43 a.m., according to the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Center.

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Bolick, who was hauling lumber from Baltimore to Granite Falls, N.C., told police he switched lanes on U.S. 340 as he approached the Old Country Club Road intersection because of slowing traffic, and had a green light to continue through the intersection where the collision occurred, Bradshaw said.

The ambulance, which was traveling toward Charles Town, was struck in the driver's side area as it was turning around at the intersection to respond to an emergency call in the direction of Harpers Ferry, Bradshaw said.

The accident, which tied up traffic for more than an hour, was under investigation, Bradshaw said.

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