GREENVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - One paramedic has been killed, another seriously hurt after their ambulance plowed into the side of an 18-wheeler Wednesday night in Hunt County.
The crash happened just before 7 p.m. on US Highway 69 just north of Greenville.
DPS Trooper Kyle Bradford says the big rig was backing out of a private drive onto US 69.
The ambulance, belonging to the UT East Texas Health System, was coming southbound and was not able to stop,.
It wound up underneath the side of the truck.
The driver of the ambulance, identified as David Eads, 42, of Frankston, died at the scene.
The other paramedic was taken to a Tyler hospital via air ambulance in serious but stable condition.
There were no patients in the ambulance at the time of the crash, Bradford said.
A spokesperson for UT Health East Texas, Allison Pollan, released a statement late Wednesday night.
"We are devastated by the loss of one of our team members who was involved in a two-vehicle accident while on duty Wednesday night. Another crew member was also injured. Our thoughts are with the team member's family and friends. Our prayers are also with the injured crew member who is being treated. We have trained crisis counselors available to provide support for colleagues and employees at this difficult time."
A citation was issued to driver of the of the big rig for the violation of backing without safety.
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