An Acadian EMS ambulance carrying an elderly man who was reportedly experiencing a possible heart attack was involved in a collision with an 18-wheeler late Friday afternoon between Jasper and Roganville. It happened shortly before 5:00 on U.S. Highway 96 at Farm to Market Road 2245, commonly known as Roganville Road.
The name of the patient in the ambulance has not been released. However, KJAS News has spoken to several people at the scene and we learned that the ambulance crew had picked up the elderly man at his home on FM 2245 and was transporting him to the Kirbyville Airport to be placed on a medical helicopter when the ambulance and the 2011 Peterbilt collided
The medical helicopter was instead diverted to the scene of the accident where the man was picked up and flown out from there to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.
Sgt. Stephanie Davis of the Texas Department of Public Safety said the driver of the ambulance, 27 year old Staci Collins, of Broaddus, and an unidentified emergency medical technician were not injured in the crash. Davis also said the driver of the Peterbilt, 47 year old John Paul Wright, of Huntington, was not injured.
Sgt. Davis said the investigation was not complete, but it appeared the ambulance was headed west on FM-2245 and pulled out onto Highway 96, where it was hit by the Peterbilt semi.