Ambulance involved in wrong-way crash

A Moore County ambulance carrying a patient was involved in a head-on collision after it was going the wrong way on U.S. 1 in Aberdeen Thursday evening.

The accident occurred just south of Aberdeen, past Poole Automotive at 9:25 p.m.

The ambulance was traveling north in the southbound lanes when it struck a car head-on, leaving the driver of the car with serious injuries. It’s unclear at this time why the ambulance was driving on the wrong side of the road.

The ambulance was transporting a patient to the hospital non-emergently, and therefore, was not using lights or sirens. The driver of the ambulance struck a Chevy Cruze. Both vehicles suffered extensive front-end damage.

The driver of the car was transported to a waiting UNC helicopter and airlifted to a trauma center. His condition is unknown at this time.

The patient from the ambulance was transferred to another ambulance and taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. According to authorities, it is believed they did not suffer any injuries in the accident.

U.S. 1 southbound was closed while emergency crews worked the scene. N.C. State Highway Patrol was on the scene and investigating the accident.

Responding to the scene were Aberdeen Fire & Rescue, Moore County EMS, Moore County Public Safety, Aberdeen Police Department, and N.C. State Highway Patrol.

Sandhills_Sentinel~Article and photo by Sandhills Sentinel Publisher B.J. Goodridge.

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