UPDATE: Knox Co. ambulance hits, kills child, injures two others

By: Eric Eckstrom, Brittany Nauta Email
By: Eric Eckstrom, Brittany Nauta Email

KNOX COUNTY, Ky (WYMT) - Troopers with Kentucky State Police say they received the call about 10:00PM Saturday about a road collision involving an ambulance on US Highway 25e in the Gray Community of Knox County.

“There were three juveniles on bicycles. One was pronounced dead here on scene by the Knox County coroner, and the other two were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries,” says James Sandlin, with Kentucky State Police.

The ambulance, carrying a patient at the time, was being driven by employees of the Knox County Ambulance Service. Troopers say there are no plans for a criminal investigation. Officials with the ambulance service say the driver will likely take a leave of absence, but will not face disciplinary action.

“He probably won't work for two or three weeks, but I mean we've not suspend him due to anything, because we feel like it was a total accident at this time,” says Michael Trent, director of the Knox Co. Ambulance Service.

Many details are still unknown at this point, but ambulance service officials are calling the situation a tragedy, and say they wish to express this statement to everyone affected:

“We're sorry the accident happened, and [we] will all being praying for them as well as our own,” Trent said.

Details from the state police investigation are expected in the coming days.


Original Story:

Officials with Kentucky State Police say one juvenile is dead and two others are injured after all three were struck by an ambulance Saturday night.

Troopers with KSP Post 10 say the Knox County ambulance was transporting a patient when it hit the three juveniles who were riding bicycles in the median at about 10 p.m. The accident happened along US 25 E in the Gray Community of Knox County.

One was pronounced dead at the scene by the Knox County coroner. The other two were taken to Baptist Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

Officials at the scene say the driver of the ambulance made the call to Knox County 911 dispatch center following the accident.

No one in the ambulance was injured. No names are being released at this time.

KSP said there are no plans to pursue any criminal charges. The crash remains under investigation.

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