Man dies in collision with ambulance

2011-04-17T08:15:00Z 2011-04-18T11:58:35Z Man dies in collision with ambulanceT&D Staff The Times and Democrat
April 17, 2011 8:15 am  • 

A 23-year Orangeburg man was killed Sunday morning, when the car he was a passenger in collided with a Bamberg Rescue Squad ambulance that was transferring a mother and newborn baby to the Regional Medical Center.

Christopher Harrison died of injuries received in the 7:30 a.m. wreck on U.S. Highway 601 at Stilton Road, about a mile north of the Orangeburg city limits. Zachary M. Thomas, 22, of Orangeburg, the driver of the four-door Dodge that Harrison was a passenger in, was transported to Richland Memorial Hospital.

The unidentified mother and baby were reportedly doing well at the Regional Medical Center. The driver of the ambulance, Franklin Boardman Jr., was released from RMC; while paramedic Penny Skinner was being treated Sunday for a limb fracture. Also uninjured in the crash was an unidentified nurse from the Bamberg County Hospital, who was accompanying the mother and newborn infant to RMC.

"Everybody is okay," said Martha Hammett, operations manager for Bamberg Rescue Squad Inc., the agency contracted for EMS services in Bamberg County. "Both passengers, a mother and her new born baby, are both doing good. They were being transported to be admitted. She had just given birth at Bamberg Hospital."

According to Hammett, the transfer was a routine one in order for the mother and infant to receive OB/GYN and pediatric care.

Also, she said, it's the first accident involving a Bamberg ambulance in many years.

Lance Cpl. Trevor Clinton of the S.C. Highway Patrol reported alcohol was a factor in the wreck. Also, Harrison was not wearing a seatbelt.

The Orangeburg Coroner's Office could not be reached for comment.

The accident is being investigated by the Highway Patrol's MAIT (Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team).



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(7) Comments

  1. icantcallit
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    icantcallit - April 19, 2011 3:54 pm
    I'm with yall speakmymind and urnotthejudge. They never said anyone was a "drunk driver". They said alcohol was a factor. They never said which party was a part of that factor nor if the persons blood alcohol level was above the requirement. Did they say if the ambulance had it's lights and sirens they didn't. There are so many possibilities here. And it was stated that Highway Patrol's MAIT is investigating the matter. So let the evidence and the families speck for what should happen.
  2. SwampStomper
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    SwampStomper - April 18, 2011 4:53 pm
    Very sad indeed. I have no sympathy for drunk drivers whatsoever, but this guy got the max sentence when he killed his friend. Well deserved if it is found that he was intoxicated.
  3. speakmymind
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    speakmymind - April 18, 2011 2:39 pm
    And we have our first winner!
  4. urnotthejudge
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    urnotthejudge - April 18, 2011 2:23 pm
    don't pass judgement so quickly...the article says alcohol is a does not say the driver of the SUV was drinking...could be the ambulance driver. Prayers go out to ALL involved. May the young man rest in peace.
  5. speakmymind
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    speakmymind - April 18, 2011 12:10 pm
    I am glad that mother and child are fine...I also wish a speedy recovery to the two EMS workers and nurse. It's amazing that a baby was only a few hours old and was almost taken out by a drunk driver...alcoholics are so stupid. The sad thing is that someone will be offended by my comment...and thank you agicfamily for the information!
  6. agicfamily
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    agicfamily - April 17, 2011 5:13 pm
    I heard Bamberg County, but I am not sure.
  7. speakmymind
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    speakmymind - April 17, 2011 2:00 pm
    Does anyone know if it was a county ambulance or one of the transport ambulances? Sad all the way around=(
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