by: Jason Stoogenke Updated:
MONROE, N.C. - An ambulance and a tractor-trailer crashed on Tuesday, killing one person.
It happened just outside CMC-Union in Monroe. Firefighters said the ambulance had just dropped off a patient, went across the street to Bojangles' and was returning to the hospital when the truck hit it. Investigators have not said who was at fault.
"It's tragic. Tragic," Monroe resident Porsche Simon said.
The truck driver was not hurt, but the two EMS workers in the ambulance were. The man was conscious, but the woman was thrown from the ambulance and pinned between the vehicle and the ground.
Lynn Hinson ran to help her, but it was too late.
"I really wish I could have done something, but I couldn't," Hinson said. "There wasn't nothing I could do."
Firefighters wrapped the fellow emergency worker in a sheet and then an American flag.
"It's something to see," witness Brad Millis said. "It was real respectful -- see them do something like that for her."
Sammy Morrow used to drive big rigs. He said he's seen this kind of wreck before and that it never gets easier.
"It's nothing new, but I hate this happening," he said.
There were no patients in the ambulance at the time.