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Updated: Fatal Ambulance Crash in North Carolina – EMT Perishes

Update:  Ambulance Driver Charged – scroll down.

Update:  Identities of all parties released plus basic accident details.  Scroll down.

A CHERAW, SOUTH CAROLINA, BASED AMBULANCE was involved in a traffic accident with a tractor-trailer around 11 am Tuesday morning.  The crash killed the EMT in the passenger seat and hospitalized the driver.  The accident occurred in front of the Carolinas Medical Center in Monroe, North Carolina. 

WCNC-TV

Update:  The driver of the ambulance was Jonathon Corey Brown of Cheraw.  He was transported to a hospital in Charlotte where he is in stable condition.  The EMT who died was Belinda Gale Rivers, 43, also from Cheraw.  The truck driver was Wallace Kenneth Murphy of Madison and he was uninjured. 

The State Police say that the truck was traveling west on U. S. 74 and the ambulance was coming out from a cross street and making a left turn when the two vehicles collided.  WSOC-TV Ch. 9 is reporting that the ambulance was coming out from a side street when it collided with the truck.  The EMT who died was thrown out and pinned underneath the ambulance.

The investigation is continuing and as of Tuesday evening no charges had been placed.
Update #2, Friday am:  The Associated Press is reporting:

A South Carolina ambulance driver has been charged in a wreck that killed a co-worker near a North Carolina hospital earlier this week.  Jonathan Cory Brown of Cheraw, SC, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle on Thursday.

Brown was driving the ambulance that pulled in front of a tractor trailer rig on U.S. 74 in Monroe late Tuesday morning.

The Sandhills Ambulance Service transport ambulance had just left off a patient and was returning to Cheraw at the time. 

WIST-TV (above and below)

The crash left the ambulance on its side, but it is not yet known what took place to cause it.

The accident took place just four hours before this posting and no other details are available yet.  When they are released, Firegeezer will update this report.

Just before removing the deceased EMT, the firefighters
and police officers on the scene gathered around the
victim to say a prayer.  (WIST-TV)

The Charlotte Observer has the early REPORT.

WIST-TV filed two raw videos:

 wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina |

 wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina |

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  • BH

    The photo of the other responders praying over her body, and later moving her to be taken from the scene with the American flag over her damn near brought me to tears. In no small part because a private ambulance employee would never, EVER get such honors from firefighters in this area. BMA.

  • Harvey1

    So sad to hear of her death. May GOD have mercy on her soul.
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