Va. EMT, Patient Killed in Ambulance Crash

A Waynesboro man was killed Friday afternoon in Buckingham County when the ambulance he was driving collided with a cement-mixing truck, Virginia State Police said.

A patient in the ambulance also died later after being taken to the hospital.

Killed in the accident was Timothy K. Southern, 21, of Waynesboro, who was driving an ambulance owned and operated by Priority Ambulance. Southern was wearing a seat belt, state police said.

The ambulance was traveling from the University of Virginia Medical Center to a nursing home when the wreck happened. State police were notified at 12:20 p.m.

The ambulance was headed south on Route 20 when authorities said it crossed the center line into the northbound lane, colliding with the oncoming cement-mixing truck.

A medical technician in the ambulance, Heath P. Davis, and a patient, Howard L. Watson, 82, of Dillwyn, were riding in the rear of the ambulance. Both were flown to UVa.

Watson died at the hospital later Friday.

Davis, 24, was in stable condition Friday night.

The driver of the cement-mixer, John W. Dorman II, 29, of Charlottesville, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction team responded to assist with the investigation, which was ongoing as of Friday night, though authorities said no charges will be filed.

Route 20 was reopened by 5:15 p.m.

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