Two Warren County Ambulance Service employees were involved in an interstate crash Saturday morning while returning from transporting a patient to a Nashville hospital.
According to a report from Metro Nashville Police, Cornelius Hurt, 29, of Nashville was critically injured when the Warren County ambulance struck his Nissan Altima, which was stopped on the shoulder from a wreck moments earlier.
The driver of the ambulance, Henry Dekort, 57, of McMinnville and his passenger, paramedic Savannah Cleek, 23, of Palmer, were transported to Southern Hills Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. According to Warren County EMS director Preston Denney, they have been released.
There was not a patient in the ambulance at the time of the crash and its emergency lights were not activated.
According to Nashville Police, the accident occurred around 4:20 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 traveling from Nashville toward Manchester.
Around Haywood Lane, a Nissan Altima reportedly struck the rear of a Chevy pickup, causing both vehicles to stop on opposite shoulders. The Nissan remained partially in the lane of travel.
Hurt and the other occupant of the Nissan, Natasha Stewart, 30, both got out of the car. Hurt was reportedly attempting to retrieve items from inside the Altima when the ambulance driven by Dekort struck the Nissan.
Hurt was critically injured as a result of the collision with the ambulance and transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Stewart sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The wreck closed the interstate for more than five hours.