A Dugspur man has been charged after colliding with an ambulance, causing it to take out a section of fencing at the VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville on Tuesday morning.
According to Hillsville Police Department Officer J.W. Edwards, the wreck occurred at approximately 8:40 a.m. on Feb. 2 on U.S. 58 in Hillsville. Edwards said Dale Edmonds, 48, of Hillsville, was operating a Carroll EMS Ford F-450 Super Duty ambulance that was responding to an accident on Interstate 77.
“As it was coming down the middle turn lane around traffic, there was another vehicle attempting to get in the middle turn lane to go up Veterans Street,” Edwards said. “He didn’t see it coming and sideswiped the ambulance, forcing the ambulance across the eastbound traffic lane and over into the fence of the VFW.”
Edwards said the vehicle that sideswiped the ambulance was a 2010 Suzuki Kizashi driven by Roger Midkiff, 69, of Dugspur. There were no injuries reported in the accident. The HPD officer said the ambulance did have its lights and sirens activated according to witnesses to the wreck. Edwards said Midkiff was charged with failure to yield to an emergency motor vehicle.
Edmonds submitted to and passed a drug test and alcohol breath test per county policy, Edwards added. The officer said Midkiff’s vehicle sustained damage down the entire driver’s side as well as undercarriage damage, while the passenger’s side of the ambulance sustained damage as well as undercarriage damage.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if both vehicles are totaled,” Edwards said. “The accident could have been a lot worse. With the fence being taken out, it looked a lot worse that it was.”
He said about 15 feet of the VFW fence was taken out and estimated damages at approximately $2,000 to the fence.
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