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Ambulance driver falls asleep, causing early morning crash

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An ambulance driver fell asleep at the wheel causing an early morning crash near the Piedmont exit on I-90.

Trooper Chris Regan with the South Dakota Highway Patrol said the ambulance was transporting an elderly man and a baby from Eagle Butte to Rapid City Regional Hospital when the driver fell asleep and crashed into an abandoned pick up truck that was parked on the side of I-90. The accident happened around five o'clock Tuesday morning. 

Regan said the EMT tending to the patients was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital with severe injuries.

Three other people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Captain Roy Kottwitz with the Piedmont Fire Department said six different agencies responded to the crash; including Piedmont Fire Department and Ambulance, two Rapid City Fire Department Medic Units, Black Hawk Fire Department, Meade County Sheriff, and South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Kottwitz said crews were on scene cleaning up for about two and a half hours.

The ambulance is totaled.

(Picture courtesy of Ruby Karmann)


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