06/06/14 211 W, 2 I - + 5 - 2 Dash-Cam Captures Collision with Gaston County Ambulance

Saw this on Statter911 this week, dash-cam footage from ambulance, after the driver of a passenger car crossed the center line and struck the emergency vehicle about 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Local coverage includes WSCO-TV, WCNC, and the Gaston Gazette. The head-on collision occurred in the 400 block of Stanley Spencer Mountain road in Gastonia. Five people were transported, including the two EMTs aboard the ambulance. Four were transported to CaroMont Regional Medical Center and one was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The ambulance was answering an emergency call and had its warning devices activated. They were wearing seat belts. There were three people in the automobile, only one of whom was wearing seat belts. The driver, not belted, has been charged with DWI. He could face more charges. The EMTs were released from the hospital that afternoon.

The stories are a bit confusing regarding the ambulance agency. The EMTs are both members of Stanley Civil Defense Rescue Squad, but also full-time Gaston County EMS employees. Sounds like the ambulance is based at the Stanley Fire Department, and is cited in one story as a SFD ambulance. We'll let readers sort this one out. 

WSCO-TV photo

Mike Hensdill/Gaston Gazette photo

What happened to her seat belt?
Rescue Ranger - 06/06/14 - 22:51

Good eye Rescue. Wonder what happened?
STIKE - 06/19/14 - 21:57

The seatbelt is still there. If you view the video freeze frame by freeze frame you can see that upon impact the seat belt constricts and as she is thrust forward against it , it appears to roll up across her right shoulder tight against her neck and then tight up under her left armpit. I had to look at it several times to see it.
Galax,Va (Email) - 06/19/14 - 23:42

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