The crash, which involved a Rural Metro Ambulance Service unit, claimed two lives after the ambulance reportedly collided head-on with a vehicle going the wrong way.
According to Stan Clark of Bradley County Emergency Medical Service, the crash between the ambulance and a small pickup truck occurred just after 8 a.m.
Five people were inside the ambulance which was headed southbound to Erlanger Medical Center from McMinn County, according to Clark. The occupants of the pickup truck were killed, according to Janice Atkinson of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
“The ambulance was transporting, non-emergency, a special needs child to a doctor’s appointment. The 1997 Ford Ranger was traveling northbound in the southbound lane for unknown reasons,” Atkinson said.
Officials identified the driver of the pickup truck as Misty Browning, 29; her passenger was Jennifer Friddell, 30, and both were from Georgetown.
Both were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Atkinson.
“The five occupants of the Rural Metro Ambulance were transported to area hospitals and treated for minor injuries and released,” added Atkinson.
“We responded two ambulances and a paramedic supervisor to the scene,” said Clark.
BCEMS transported the ambulance crew to SkyRidge Medical Center. The patient on board the ambulance at the time of the crash, the patient’s mother, and a nurse were transported to Erlanger via Hamilton County EMS.
The crash is under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Units.
Media reports from March 2011 noted Tuesday’s crash occurred in the same area where a Meigs County man lost his life. Steven Eugene Evans attempted to warn approaching drivers that his vehicle had broken down and he was struck by another vehicle.