Driver killed after hitting ambulance in Henderson Co., 2 EMTs and patient injured


HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – A driver has died after crashing into an ambulance in Henderson County Wednesday night, injuring two EMTs and a patient inside the vehicle.

The crash happened on South Allen Rd. near the intersection of Upward Rd. at about 8:40 p.m., according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol and Henderson County Rescue Squad.

Troopers say a Chevrolet Malibu was traveling south on South Allen Rd. at a high rate of speed. The driver of the Malibu lost control of his vehicle and crossed the centerline, colliding with the ambulance.

The driver of the Malibu, 28-year-old Nathaniel Mark Perry, of Hendersonville, died at the scene, according to highway patrol.

The ambulance had two rescue squad members and a patient on board. The two rescue squad members were transported to the hospital with serious injuries, troopers said. One of them is in critical but stable condition, and the other one is in stable condition, according to Henderson Co. Rescue.

The patient inside the ambulance was injured and taken by another ambulance to a hospital. They were treated and released, the rescue squad said.

Rescue squad officials said the EMTs are in stable condition at this time. They released a statement on their Facebook page Thursday.

Yesterday evening, two of our personnel were transporting a patient to a facility when they were struck head on by another vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver of the vehicle that struck them died at the scene. Our personnel were seriously injured and were transported to Mission Hospital. As of this afternoon one of them is in critical but stable condition and the other one is in stable condition. At the request of family members, we will not be disclosing the names of our personnel involved in the accident or the extent of their injuries. The patient in our ambulance was also injured and was taken by another ambulance to a local hospital. They were treated and released.

Much like if someone in your family was injured, our Rescue Squad family mobilized immediately to assist at the scene, at the station, and at the hospital. Our extended family of Henderson County 911 Communications, Henderson County EMS, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue, Henderson County Emergency Management, and the NC State Highway Patrol worked the incident scene and provided excellent care to those who needed it. Henderson County could not ask for better Emergency Services personnel to care for them in their time of need. We could not do this job without each other.

We want to express our condolences to the family of the driver who was killed. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time. We also ask that you keep our personnel and the patient we were transporting in your thoughts and prayers. Our department will continue to provide support during this healing process to our injured and their families. We are also providing all our personnel the outlet to talk about this incident with peer support counselors.

Thank you for your continued support of our department.

Henderson County Rescue Squad

North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more.

Check back for updates.

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