Ambulance in accident


First Posted: 1/15/2009

LUMBERTON -- A Robeson County ambulance that was transporting a highway accident victim to Southeastern Regional Medical Center was involved in an accident Thursday.
Frances D. Baxley, 44, of 343 Boone Road, was driving the ambulance north on Floyd Avenue when a Chevrolet Blazer driven by Hazel Smith, 32, of 302 W. 19th St., hit the ambulance in the side at the intersection of W. 19th Street and Floyd Avenue.
According to the accident report, Baxley said that she pulled up to a stop sign, stopped, looked both ways and didn't see the Blazer coming down 19th Street.
The report said that Baxley and others in the ambulance didn't know if the ambulance's siren was on. Smith said it wasn't and Rob Hayworth, a witness who lives at 205 W. 19th St., said he didn't hear a siren.
But Jeanette Lewis, a hospital employee who received a call from Marvin Martin, a passenger in the ambulance, about a minute before the accident, said she heard a siren in the background, according to the report.
Smith Baxley and Martin were treated and released at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, according to a hospital spokesman.
Luther P. Harrison, 56, of 13453 N.C. 41 North, Lumberton, was being transported to Southeastern Regional Medical Center. Harrison was injured in an accident at Starlite Drive. He was transferred to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Hospitals by helicopter. Harrison was in fair condition this morning, according to a hospital spokesman.
No charges have been filed.

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