EMS Worker Struck, Injured by Vehicle at Walmart in Lexington, North Carolina
LEXINGTON, NC. – According to an online news report posted at myfox8.com, an EMS worker was struck and injured by a vehicle in the parking lot of a Walmart in Lexington, North Carolina. It is not clear at this time what happened, but the news report indicates the incident might have been deliberate.*
The incident happened during the early morning in the parking lot of the Walmart located at 160 Lowes Boulevard. Authorities and Fox 8 report that at about 12:30 a.m., paramedics and an ambulance were in the parking lot, tending to a patient. The news report does not say why paramedics were called to the store lot.
Authorities say a black Ford Mustang then struck one of the paramedics, pinning her between the ambulance and the Ford. The Ford then crashed into the barriers outside of the Walmart, according to the report, and the driver got out of the vehicle and went into the store. Police arrived at the scene and located the driver within the store and placed him under arrest.
Fox 8 reports that the paramedic sustained leg injuries in the crash. She was identified as a 29-year-old woman. The news report says one of her legs was severely injured, and doctors were working to save it. Her current condition was not reported.
Authorities said that the Ford driver headed right for her in the crash. EMS officials say that the incident highlights the risks involved in the line of work.
“It can get very dangerous quickly,” said the EMS program director at Davidson Community College, Hank Stowe. “You can be attacked, and with your attention being towards the patient, you can get hurt very easily because you don’t expect it.”
The incident is still under investigation, and police are working to determine if the driver targeted the paramedic.
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