4 injured in collision between ambulance and SUV

Multiple people were injured in a wreck involving an SUV and an ambulance on U.S. 60 Monday, according to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department. 

Deputes say a 2012 GMC Yukon Denali that was northbound on Fisher Road came to the intersection with U.S. 60 at the same time as an eastbound Ballard County ambulance was approaching the intersection. Earlier Monday, deputies said the ambulance was transporting a patient and had lights and sirens engaged, but the SUV driver didn’t see it. The sheriff’s department has now released more details about what happened, and says neither driver saw the other before the wreck. 

The sheriff’s department now says the ambulance worker who was driving, 56-year-old Douglas Smith of West Paducah, did not see the SUV at the intersection. Deputies say Smith slowed for the red light there, but did not see the northbound SUV — driven by 56-year-old LeeAnn Crabtree of Paducah — crossing U.S. 60. Deputies say Crabtree told them her traffic light had turned green, and she proceeded into the intersection because she didn’t see the ambulance. They say the ambulance struck the SUV, causing the latter to leave the roadway. 

Crabtree had to be extricated from the Denali by mechanical means. 

Crabtree, Smith, another ambulance employee in the back, and the patient were each taken to local hospitals with injuries deputies say are not life threatening. 

Deputies have also now released the names of the patient and the other ambulance worker. They say 29-year-old EMT Anna Abernathy of Wickliffe was in the jump seat, at the head of the patient: 55-year-old Ronald Thompson of Paducah. They say Thompson was ejected from the stretcher during the collision and hit the ambulance’s interior wheel well, which caused additional injuries to the ones he was being transported to the hospital for. 

Along with deputies, Mercy Regional EMS and Concord Fire Department responded to the wreck. 

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