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County EMS medic injured

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Emergency worker was treating seizure victim inside car when car was struck in chain reaction

By Chris Sardelli

Although much of the details are sketchy, a county medic is recuperating after being injured in a car accident while tending to a medical emergency along Main Street on May 29. 

The male medic, whose full name and age have not been released, was injured during a chain reaction of car collisions at the intersection of Gay and Main streets at about 9:30 p.m., according to a S.C. traffic collision report. 

Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said the medic was inside a car providing treatment when he was injured. 

“(Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services) was actually treating a seizure patient when the wreck occurred, (but) I don’t know the status of the medic,” Grant said. 

In the collision report, Lancaster Police Cpl. Jodi Sims noted the drivers of a 2003 Ford, Ronald Edward Bass, and a 2001 Chrysler, Stella G. Williams, were stopped at a traffic light at the intersection. Bass’ vehicle was flashing its hazard lights because someone in Williams’ car was having a medical emergency. Bass was standing outside of his vehicle and the EMS worker was rendering aid to a passenger in Williams’ car, the report said. 

That’s when the driver of a 2007 vehicle, Bailey K. Faulkenberry, was traveling north on Main Street, failed to stop and hit Bass’ vehicle in the rear, the report said. Bass’ vehicle was then forced into the rear of Williams’ car and the EMS worker was injured, the report said. 

Lancaster County EMS Director Clay Catoe confirmed Wednesday, June 5, that one of his employees was injured in the Main Street wreck.

“He was attending to a patient and a lady came up and struck another vehicle, which ended up striking the vehicle that he was working in,” Catoe said. “He was injured. He is currently out of work on medical leave and he is out for an unknown period of time while he is receiving treatment.”

Catoe did not elaborate on the extent of the medic’s injuries or any other details related to the crash. 

“That’s all I can say at this point,” he said. 

Sims noted in the collision report that Faulkenberry’s car contributed to the collision, though the other drivers did not. 

Estimated damage was $8,000 for Faulkenberry’s vehicle, $3,000 for Bass’ vehicle and $100 for Williams’ vehicle, the report said. 

All three drivers are from Lancaster, though their ages were redacted in the report provided by the Lancaster Police Department. The types of vehicles involved in the accident, as well as the name of the EMS medic, were not listed in the report. 

 

 Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416