03 May 2016
On April 18 the University of Virginia’s Medic V crew, which the county hired to cover Fluvanna Rescue’s portion of the county, responded to a call in the Lake Monticello area in ambulance 45, said Cheryl Elliott, emergency services coordinator.
But before the rescue workers were able to load the patient into the ambulance, it slipped into gear, rolled down an embankment, and smashed into some trees. The cab of the truck buckled, possibly totaling the ambulance, Elliott said.
The crash was no one’s fault, said Elliott. The ambulance had been experiencing transmission issues and slipped into gear on its own. No one was in the ambulance at the time and no one was injured.
The wreck initially caused a flurry of activity to try to find another ambulance available to transport the patient, but ultimately the patient declined transport to the hospital, said Elliott.
The insurance company has decided not to total the ambulance, said Elliott, so the county now needs to decide whether to repair the ambulance or sell it.
The fiscal year 2017 capital improvements plan recently approved by the Board of Supervisors contains $250,000 for a new ambulance for Fluvanna Rescue. But though it was the oldest in the fleet, ambulance 45 wasn’t the vehicle scheduled to be replaced, said Elliott.
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