BARRACKVILLE, W.Va. — One person being transported in a Marion County ambulance was pronounced dead Monday afternoon after that ambulance was involved in a traffic accident along U.S. Route 250 near Barrackville.

Authorities said the emergency vehicle was heading toward Fairmont at about 1:10 p.m. when a Jeep in front of it attempted to turn onto Barrackville Road. The driver of the Jeep did not hear the ambulance coming behind it. The two vehicles collided sending the ambulance through a guardrail. It landed on its top near a culvert.

Marion County 911 said the person being transported in the ambulance did not survive the accident. Four people on the rescue squad were injured.

In a statement released by the Marion County Rescue Squad, officials said four members of the squad were injured, two were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown and the other two to Fairmont Regional Medical Center.

“MCRS wishes to extend our heartfelt sympathies to all involved, as well as their families. We extend our appreciation to all who assisted at the scene, to include the Barrackville, Farmington and Fairmont Fire Departments, Monongalia EMS, Harrison and Taylor County Emergency Squads, Marion County Homeland Security Director Chris McIntire and HealthNet Aeromedical Services.”

Marion County sheriff’s deputies and State Police are investigating the deadly crash. No charges are pending against the driver of the Jeep.

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  • Fred

    Emergency vehicles, especially in W.Va., have a high accident rate. Just because a vehicle has lights and siren doesn't mean that speeding is safe. I live alongside a six-lane highway and cringe everytime I hear sirens because the emergency vehicles run down the middle turning lane at twice the speed limit through heavy traffic. The most recent accident was a police car, out of his jurisdiction and supposedly responding to a call, who rammed a car from behind at 70 mph.

    • wvguy38

      Where are your stats to backup your claim that WV has a high rate of emergency vehicle accidents? Higher than other states at least?

  • Jason

    I have been told the EMS was attempting to pass the Jeep when the made the left turn.

  • arp

    I agree, I foresee a lawsuit. Ambulance driver obviously failed to have his vehicle under control and, as result, someone died.

    • Barry

      arp...are you SURE that it is obvious? Were you there? If so, you really need to file a report with the police department on what you saw! Oh wait! You WEREN'T there were you?

  • Jonus Grumby

    I see a lawsuit on the horizon.

  • Judge Jimmy

    The Jeep in front of the ambulance attempted to turn and the vehicles collided. Is this a polite way of saying that the ambulance was at fault for running into the Jeep?

    • GregG

      That's the sugar coated version Judge Jimmy. Don't expect the media to place blame on any emergency or law enforcement vehicle.

      • ViennaGuy

        - Don't expect the media to place blame on any emergency or law enforcement vehicle. -

        Nor should they, if the ambulance had its lights and siren on. State law says that if an emergency vehicle has its lights and siren on, motorists are required to yield the right of way - no ifs, ands, or buts. See WV Code §17C-9-5:

        http://www.legis.state.wv.us/wvcode/code.cfm?chap=17c&art=9

        • GregG

          (b) This section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway..........ENOUGH SAID!
          Not to mention the fact that most of our roadways do not have enough room to "pull over". Yet many with their little flashing lights and sirens believe that other drivers should bust through a guardrail or drive in a ditch just so they can recklessly speed to a call. I say.......BS!!

          • ViennaGuy

            You're bound and determined to blame the ambulance, aren't you?

          • 2XLPatriot

            The exact location where this happened has a large open, pave area on the right side of the road where the driver of the Jeep could have very easily pulled into with no worries. There is a long straight stretch from where the Jeep and ambulance where traveling. The statement that the driver of the Jeep "Didn't hear the ambulance" is a crock. First of all, unless you are legally deaf, wearing ear plugs and have the stero turned all the way up, there is absolutely no way he could NOT hear the ambulance. Secondly, this area is at the bottom of a grade and is essentially in a valley therefore, the siren is amplified because of the surrounding topography. Third, if the Jeep driver didn't hear the ambulance, why didn't he see the ambulance? We are supposed to be aware of our surroundings, 360 degrees at all times. Evidently, the Jeep driver wasn't paying attention. Lastly, 4 crew memebers in an ambulance means 2 things; the patient was either in cardiac / respiratory arrest which is why there were other members in the ambulance (Normal crew is 2 persons) to assist or the patient was experiencing another serious medical emergency that required additional assistance. The ambualnce was passing in the left hand lane (legal) with lights and siren and the driver of the Jeep turned left into the ambulance causing it to veer into the guardrail. This doesn't mean excessive speed was involved. If memory serves, the posted speed limit is 40-45mph in this area. Bounce off a Jeep at 30 mph and see if you can control an ambulance. I was a Paramedic for 13 years and can tell you factually that people DO NOT pay attention and frequently refuse to give the right of way to emergency vehicles.

    • Manny

      The jeep turned IN FRONT OF or INTO THE PATH of the ambulance.

      • GregG

        The way I understand it, the Jeep was IN FRONT of the ambulance and was making a left hand turn. Which makes me wonder if the ambulance wasn't the one at fault. I understand that an ambulance is heavy, but looking at the damage to the guardrail I would also believe that the ambulance was traveling at a very high rate of speed. I'm sure many will say sure it was, it's an ambulance. But there is a fine line between saving one life and endangering many others life. Sadly, one life was lost and many more injured.

      • Judge Jimmy

        What wvrocks says. Read the article well and completely before commenting Manny.

      • wvrocks

        No... the article states that "the driver of the jeep did not hear the ambulance coming behind it"
        This implies that they were both heading in the same direction.

  • Say What

    This is truly a sad event. Prayers going out to all involved and their families.