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Ambulance swerved in wreck that left 1 dead, 3 injured in Chester, police say

SC troopers say ambulance swerved before fatal Chester County crash

A Chester County EMS ambulance and a private vehicle crashed Wednesday afternoon on SC 97, police say. One man was killed and three were airlifted to a hospital in Columbia, police said.
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A Chester County EMS ambulance and a private vehicle crashed Wednesday afternoon on SC 97, police say. One man was killed and three were airlifted to a hospital in Columbia, police said.

One man died and five other people, including two children, were injured in a two-vehicle crash with an ambulance Wednesday afternoon in Chester County, police and Chester County officials said.

The crash involved a Chester County EMS ambulance and a private vehicle, said Shane Stuart, Chester County supervisor, and Robert Sprouse, chief deputy at the Chester County Sheriff’s Office. The ambulance was believed to be on its way to a call at the time of the crash, Stuart said.

Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the ambulance, driven by a 42-year-old Rock Hill man, was traveling east on S.C. 97 and the private vehicle, a 2003 Chevy Malibu, was traveling west.

The crash happened on S.C. 97 between Chester and Great Falls near the bridge over a creek.

Miller said the ambulance swerved right off the road and overcorrected.

The driver of the private vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene and was entrapped in the car, Miller said.

The two workers on the ambulance were taken to a hospital to be checked out, Stuart said.

“They were shaken up, but we believe they will be OK,” Stuart said.

The three survivors in the other vehicle were airlifted by helicopter to a Columbia hospital, Stuart said.

The S.C. Highway Patrol is handling the investigation, officials said.

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