W.Va. Paramedic Killed in Ambulance Crash

A West Virginia paramedic has died after the ambulance he was driving left the road and crashed into several buildings in Williamson. Authorities are saying a seizure may have caused the fatal crash, according to news reports.

Chris Staggs, 35, of Lenore died at the hospital after he was extricated from the STAT emergency services ambulance he was driving in Mingo County on Saturday, according to a news report published by television station WSAZ.

A second STAT employee, L.C. Blankenship Jr. was also injured and taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries, according to a report from The Williamson Daily News, published in Williamson, W.Va.

According to the newspaper report the ambulance hit a wall on Fourth Avenue in Williamson, hit the steps of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, tore off the awning of a hearing aid office, crossed the street, traveled through a parking lot and the crashed into a home on Fifth Avenue.

The two ambulance occupants were transported to Williamson Memorial Hospital were Staggs was pronounced dead. The condition of Blankenship was not reported.

The crash remains under investigation by the Williamson Police Department.

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