Emotional outpouring after loss of emergency worker in fatal accident

by: Mark Becker Updated:


MONROE, N.C. - Monroe police said they may release their report Thursday on an accident that killed an emergency worker from Cheraw, S.C.

Police released Wednesday the 911 calls that came moments after the accident on Highway 74 that killed 43-year-old Gale Rivers.

Rivers was thrown from an ambulance after it collided with a tractor-trailer in front of the hospital in Monroe.

Her partner, who was driving the ambulance, was shaken but was able to talk to the 911 operators.

"I was the one driving the ambulance," Cory Brown said on the call.

"OK. How many people are pinned?" asked the 911 operator.

"One pinned. She is -- ugh -- she -- I don't think she made it," Brown said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not hurt. The district attorney will now decide if there will be any charges.

There has already been an outpouring of sympathy.

"I guess you just don't realize how supportive people can be," said Meg Norton with Sandhills Ambulance Service.

Norton told Eyewitness News her ambulance service has been flooded with calls from people who never knew Rivers but felt her loss.

"It's emotional today, whereas yesterday it was still in shock and 'I can't believe it's happening,'" Norton said.

Rivers' family and friends will say goodbye Thursday at the church in her hometown. The funeral is set for 3 p.m.