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Ambulance Driver Cited For Head-On Crash in Ohio

Three Vehicles Involved

THE DRIVER OF A MEIGS COUNTY (Ohio) EMS unit was cited by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for "traveling left of center" and causing a head-on crash Saturday evening.

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Alfred Lyons, 49, was driving the ambulance at 7:35 pm with a patient on board when he drifted over the center line and collided head on with an oncoming car.  A second car following the first one was also caught up in the collision.  The Gallipolis Daily Tribune reports:

(The ambulance), transporting patient John Anderson, 72, of Racine, was traveling southbound on Ohio 7 when, at approximately 7:35 p.m., the driver traveled left of center and struck a Mercury Marquis that was traveling northbound, head-on, near the intersection of Ohio 554.

Anderson was reportedly not in a life or death situation at the time of the crash, according to the trooper, and was being transported from his home to Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis by the EMS unit.

The driver of the Mercury Marquis, Charles Kearns, 75, of Mason, W.Va., as well as his passenger, Eleanor Kearns, 76, Mason, W.Va., were both taken to Holzer Medical Center by Meigs County EMS with moderate injuries.

A Honda minivan that was also traveling northbound directly behind the Mercury Marquis was also struck in the crash. The driver of that vehicle, Michelle Folmer, 35, Pomeroy, had possible injuries and was taken to Holzer Medical Center by Meigs County EMS, according to the highway patrol.

Lyons and his EMT partner, a 49-yr.-old woman, were both transported for minor injuries.

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