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Va. Ambulance, Tanker Collide, Injuring Patient and Crew Members

Feb. 27—The Stafford County Sheriff's Office said it expects to file charges in a crash involving a private ambulance and tanker truck that created a major traffic backup on U.S. 17 and Hartwood Road Tuesday morning.

The ambulance was carrying a patient and a crew of three, all of whom were out of the vehicle when Stafford County Fire and Rescue responded to the accident just after 7 a.m., according to a release from Stafford Fire Chief Mark Lockhart.

The original patient and one crew member were "transported emergently due to their condition" to the hospital, Lockhart said.

The other two crew members were also taken to the hospital for evaluation, he said.

Their conditions were not released.

The driver of the tanker, which was carrying cranberry juice, was not injured.

The ambulance sustained "significant damage," according to a Sheriff's Office release. There was also damage to the back of the tanker.

The crash forced the closure of all southbound lanes and all but one northbound lane for several hours, but all lanes were reopened by 11 a.m.

The Sheriff's Office release said the accident remains under investigation.

"A full reconstruction of the accident was completed on the scene by the Traffic Safety Unit, and charges are pending," the release said.


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