Williamson firefighter Garrett Gregory is shown using the jaws of life to remove the door from this Mingo County Stat ambulance Saturday morning after the driver apparently passed out and crashed into several walls, fences, houses of West 4th Avenue, before coming to rest against this house.
Williamson patrolman Jeff Taylor is shown at the scene of a terrible accident in Williamson on Saturday morning. An ambulance crashed into this house across the alley from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
It is believed a Stat ambulance driver had a seizure while driving on Fourth Avenue and hit several walls, fences and houses. The vehicle knocked the roof off of this house across from the Catholic church.
This appeared to be the first wall that the ambulance struck at house No. 132 on West Fourth Avenue in Williamson. the ambulance then struck a fence, shrubbery at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and crossed the street hitting a wall at the Adam’s residence. It then knocked the porch roof on the adjacent home, crossed the street again, moving through the parking lot of the church and striking a house.
Julia Roberts Goad
WILLIAMSON - A Saturday morning accident involving a STAT Ambulance is being attributed to a medical condition.
Patrolman Jeff Taylor with the Williamson Police Department said Chris Staggs of Lenore was traveling east on 4th Avenue near the Sacred Heart Catholic Church when he lost control, apparently due to a seizure.
The ambulance he was driving struck a wall on the street, then the steps of the church, then the awning of the Beltone hearing aid office on 4th Avenue.
The vehicle then crossed the street, coming to rest after it went through the parking lot of the church and crashed into a home on rear 5th Avenue, Taylor said.
Staggs was transported to Williamson Memorial Hospital. A fellow driver STAT employee, L.C. Blankenship, Jr., was also treated at WMH. Their conditions were unknown at press time.
The accident remains under investigation by the WPD.