Georgia's paramedics have saved a lot of lives over the years. They are everyday heroes who get little recognition but are always among the first on the scene of an auto accident or disaster, coolly going about their business of keeping victims alive until they can get to an emergency room. It was therefore particularly tragic when two of their number were killed, along with their patient, in a violent semi-truck accident in south Georgia recently.
The accident occurred at about 5 a.m. on Georgia Highway 32 in Irwin County, about 190 miles south of Atlanta. The two paramedics and their patient were in an ambulance traveling eastbound on the two-lane road, their flashing lights and siren turned on. A westbound car and a tractor-trailer were approaching in the opposite lane. The car began to pull over to the side to make way for for the ambulance. For reasons that are unclear, the tractor-trailer then jacknifed and crossed the center line. The ambulance and the semi truck collided. Both paramedics, a 44-year-old woman from Axson and a 56-year-old man from Ashburn, died. Their patient, a 65-year-old man from Tifton, was also killed. The Georgia State Patrol is conducting an accident investigation.