VSP Investigates Fatal Crash in Buckingham County - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports a...

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Virginia State troopers are investigating a fatal crash in Buckingham County Friday.

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liveinbuckingham

Charlottesville, VA

#41 Jan 7, 2012
What the heck is wrong with some of you people? It's not for anyone to guess or judge what caused the accident only the young driver knows what caused him to sway over the line. Whatever the reason was he paid for it with his LIFE!!!! OMG people there are two people dead one seriously injured and one although walked away I'm sure will be affected for the rest of his life as will the family of the ones that died. Show some respect will you.Unfreaking believable.My prayers go out to the families of all involved. May you find some peace in your time of sorrow.
Trisha southern

Martinsville, VA

#42 Jan 7, 2012
zZz wrote:
<quoted text>
No ... he felt dead, you pinhead
Kyle is my brother i don't appreiciate these comments we were not there we don't know what happened we all have a loss if you have a problem with that request you are a sick individual
Trisha southern

Martinsville, VA

#43 Jan 7, 2012
I am kyles sister and for y'all people to say my brother was texting or because of his age shouldn't be driving an ambulance. he did his job he saved lives which most of us have never done for peop0le to be so cruel I lost my "bubby" others lost a friend, a son,a partner. If you have any rude comemnts please keep them to yourselves. my heart is in enough pain i don't need lies being spread about him.If you have a problem with that or think I'm not his sister here is my face book name Trisha Diane Tomlin add me and please say something please do No one should ever have to bury there child like my parents have to more less my only brother!
OSOK

Richmond, VA

#44 Jan 7, 2012
Great wrote:
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If you feel this is unsafe, maybe you should call up their department and complain?
It has nothing to do with me feeling unsafe. It has to do with a total of over 26 years of training and experience. And, I've talked to Lee Catlin in the past about this, once while she was live on one of the talk shows. Not as a complaint, but as an illustration of an opportunity to train our operators better so the inevitable nature of events such as these could be avoided. If you travel 29 or 250 bypass, pay attention when you see an ambulance in particular, in front of you headed toward a signal controlled intersection. Some of the intersection now have EV control capability which does help, but many do not. Follow an ambulance with lights but no sirens and observe. See if the driver doesn't activate the siren as he or she approaches a bit of traffic sitting at a red light...and watch the civilian cars reaction to it. Completely unnecessary and unsafe, not all the time, but all too often.
Sunny

Charlottesville, VA

#45 Jan 8, 2012
Waynesboro wrote:
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I think it is very disrespectful to ASSUME that this man was testing or using facebook while driving. Do not place judgement on every 21 year old based on the actions of your son. I am 22 and have been in two accidents since I started driving at 16, both were the fault of the other drivers. One 35 and the other 42 years old. My point, it does not matter what age you are, accidents happen and we all take that risk getting into a vehicle every day.
To answer your question. A 21 year old was behind the wheel of that ambulance because he was compassionate and wanted to save lives. Remember that the next time you need to call for help and a 21 year old responds to your call.
Im not saying this based on the actions of my son - because my son is 21 and has ZERO on his record. I was not saying he was a bad driver or a bad kid - I'm saying a 21 year old and you at 22 does not have the ability to multi-task. READ MY FULL COMMENT. Oh - and grow up a little - you have a lot to learn - your only 22 may I remind you Mr. Know it all! If you have had 2 accidents already - then maybe you should not be driving.
Sunny

Charlottesville, VA

#46 Jan 8, 2012
God rest ever one wrote:
You are right the bull talk needs to stop and let them rest and give the family respect they are the ones that lost there loved ones and if this was you. You would want the same. God bless the family that lost there loved ones and God bless the driver who was diving the cement mixer truck because he has to live with what happen.
Im and EMT and RN - so there - I do know.
Sunny

Charlottesville, VA

#47 Jan 8, 2012
PerryMason wrote:
Civil suit to follow for sure.
YEP - Pretty much!
Liberalace

Charlottesville, VA

#48 Jan 8, 2012
OSOK wrote:
<quoted text>
It has nothing to do with me feeling unsafe. It has to do with a total of over 26 years of training and experience. And, I've talked to Lee Catlin in the past about this, once while she was live on one of the talk shows. Not as a complaint, but as an illustration of an opportunity to train our operators better so the inevitable nature of events such as these could be avoided. If you travel 29 or 250 bypass, pay attention when you see an ambulance in particular, in front of you headed toward a signal controlled intersection. Some of the intersection now have EV control capability which does help, but many do not. Follow an ambulance with lights but no sirens and observe. See if the driver doesn't activate the siren as he or she approaches a bit of traffic sitting at a red light...and watch the civilian cars reaction to it. Completely unnecessary and unsafe, not all the time, but all too often.
First of all, you lose any credibility with the "I've talked to Lee Catlin..." statement. Who in the world is she to discuss training of EMS personnel? She is a political hack.

Now to the nub of the taco, this vehicle was transporting someone from the hospital, what is called a "routine transport." No lights or sirens, follows all traffic rules, etc. The collision occurred on a straight but hilly portion of Rt. 20 near Dillwyn on a dry, sunny day. We have no idea what happened re: the driver. Did he have a momentary lack of attention...did he fall asleep...did he have a health situation...did sun glare hit him? We don't know.

Therefore, using the death of two people as a forum to hypothesize and introduce tangential issues is nonsensical. If bandwidth were an issue, I would be concerned of the waste.

R.I.P.: Wendy O. Williams
Shirley White

Ashland, VA

#49 Jan 8, 2012
I am a member of Goshen First Aid Crew in Rockbridge County and our squad offers our sincere sympathy and prayers to all involved in this tragic incident.
Faith

Palmyra, VA

#50 Jan 8, 2012
I have been thinking about the comments on here all day, and I just had to put my two cents in!! I used to be an EMT, and I ran with WFAC, and I think that it's down right ugly of people to sit here, and not even know Kyle Southern, and instead of grieving for this incredible soul, talk about how he was, perhaps, too young to drive an ambulance. I have been in many a difficult situation while running, and I have stood by some amazing YOUNG people (18-24) that stood up and saved lives. When you make a choice to VOLUNTEER to save lives, you aren't usually the "typical" young person, who is irresponsible. I have watched as they sacrificed not only their "friend" time, but where they have actually put their own lives on the line. Have y'all ever driven Rt 20 in Buckingham. I'm guessing as he went down and hill and came back up, he peeped over the line. Unfortunate....YES, but an accident all the same. We should still honor all the time, effort and dedication that Kyle put forth into his live to help others....I know that I will.
RN4Life

Washington, DC

#51 Jan 9, 2012
Priority is a private business and they are famous for hiring college kids. This is a great example of too young and too unexperienced! They have a huge turn over in staff. some of whom are very immature in their actions that I have witnessed. This job is just a tempoary job for these kids, it gives them a 'high' to drive these vehicles. No one wants to be an ambulance drive for the rest of their life. This is such a tragedy! I cannot even imagine what the pt's family is going through and the young driver's family.
driver nj to c-ville

United States

#52 Jan 9, 2012
comment someone made bout multitasking under 25....dumb if you were saying he or she can at 25 and drive. no one can it causes accidents period as well as tired driving & drinking and driving or under influence of any kind of prescription or over counter drug with a warning on it about it.
Prayers go out to the families rt 20 is a dangerous road Pa. has rds like this as well as nj. each state does seem to have diff. in its laws governing emergency type vehicles in emergency mode private or not. so sad i hope it turns out to be just a sad tragic accident and no multitasking was involved.
driver nj to c-ville

United States

#53 Jan 9, 2012
AMEN Faith..... well said and so true.
Scene enough

Charlottesville, VA

#54 Jan 10, 2012
Sunny wrote:
<quoted text> Im and EMT and RN - so there - I do know.
Well, I guess you feel better, don't you! Oh and btw, if you are an EMT, then why did you think a driver does pt. care at the same time? If you are a nurse and an MT, I hope you never take care of me. You are obviously inexperienced.
Panama

Bonne Terre, MO

#55 Jan 13, 2012
A. The driver of any emergency vehicle, when such vehicle is being used in the performance of public services, and when such vehicle is operated under emergency conditions, may, without subjecting himself to criminal prosecution:
1. Disregard speed limits, while having due regard for safety of persons and property;
2. Proceed past any steady or flashing red signal, traffic light, stop sign, or device indicating moving traffic shall stop if the speed of the vehicle is sufficiently reduced to enable it to pass a signal, traffic light, or device with due regard to the safety of persons and property;
3. Park or stop notwithstanding the other provisions of this chapter;
4. Disregard regulations governing a direction of movement of vehicles turning in specified directions so long as the operator does not endanger life or property;
5. Pass or overtake, with due regard to the safety of persons and property, another vehicle at any intersection;
6. Pass or overtake with due regard to the safety of persons and property, while en route to an emergency, stopped or slow-moving vehicles, by going to the left of the stopped or slow-moving vehicle either in a no-passing zone or by crossing the highway centerline; or
7. Pass or overtake with due regard to the safety of persons and property, while en route to an emergency, stopped or slow-moving vehicles, by going off the paved or main traveled portion of the roadway on the right. Notwithstanding other provisions of this section, vehicles exempted in this instance will not be required to sound a siren or any device to give automatically intermittent..
The poster of the regulations needs comprehension skills.. "with due regard to the safety.." That is what doesn't exempt any EV driver ..That concrete truck driver tried to avoid the accident by moving right to get out of the path of an uncontrolled vechicle..no one knows why the EV driver crossed into oncoming traffic..perhaps he fell asleep, fainted or was distracted..prayers go out to those families who are now suffering tremendous grief..the troopers do need to find out why the EV driver lost control..if it was mechanical, ppl need to be held accountable..if it was distracted driving, it needs to be addressed as a tragic example of not making driving your number one priority while behind the wheel..if the EV driver suffered unconscienciousness(sp) was there a known condition and should it have prevented him from that type of employment..when all is said and done, it's a tragedy just the same..meanwhile some residents have been shooting off thier mouths against the concrete driver, just because the EV driver was well liked..too bad ppl condemn by popularity rather than the facts..my prayers are for the families of the deceased and for the concrete driver that did his best to avoid the accident..i hope ppl that know him, even a little, reach out and let him know, his driving skills are appreciated even though it was an impossible situation for him to avoid..
Panama

Bonne Terre, MO

#56 Jan 13, 2012
I drive a semi and have been on 20..if anyone thinks it's that narrow or unsafe a road, they need more driving skill..and a "orange crate on wheels" isn't such a good comparison..they are heavy and cumbersome, however, a semi is even more..so the "it's hard to drive" isn't a defense..it's a reason that a person unable to handle one, should never ever drive any vechicle that is hard to keep under control..there's no evidence yet as to why the driver lost control..but if it becomes known, it needs to be addressed to avoid the next driver from losing control..
trisha southern

Richmond, VA

#57 Jan 15, 2012
Panama wrote:
I drive a semi and have been on 20..if anyone thinks it's that narrow or unsafe a road, they need more driving skill..and a "orange crate on wheels" isn't such a good comparison..they are heavy and cumbersome, however, a semi is even more..so the "it's hard to drive" isn't a defense..it's a reason that a person unable to handle one, should never ever drive any vechicle that is hard to keep under control..there's no evidence yet as to why the driver lost control..but if it becomes known, it needs to be addressed to avoid the next driver from losing control..
I'm kyle the drivers sister you need 2 mind your business whoop 2 do you drive a semi good job I've talked to the cement truck driver its aparent that the sun was in both their eyes and you can keep your rude comments to yourself thanks alot
trisha southern

Richmond, VA

#58 Jan 15, 2012
RN4Life wrote:
Priority is a private business and they are famous for hiring college kids. This is a great example of too young and too unexperienced! They have a huge turn over in staff. some of whom are very immature in their actions that I have witnessed. This job is just a tempoary job for these kids, it gives them a 'high' to drive these vehicles. No one wants to be an ambulance drive for the rest of their life. This is such a tragedy! I cannot even imagine what the pt's family is going through and the young driver's family.
This was his job he's done it since he was 17 no driving the ambulance wasn't a dream job but saving lives was I'm kyles sister. They hire no college kids at priorty so I don't know where you got that. Next time please make true comments thanks
Prayers from Buckingham

United States

#59 Jan 24, 2012
Trisha southern wrote:
I am kyles sister and for y'all people to say my brother was texting or because of his age shouldn't be driving an ambulance. he did his job he saved lives which most of us have never done for peop0le to be so cruel I lost my "bubby" others lost a friend, a son,a partner. If you have any rude comemnts please keep them to yourselves. my heart is in enough pain i don't need lies being spread about him.If you have a problem with that or think I'm not his sister here is my face book name Trisha Diane Tomlin add me and please say something please do No one should ever have to bury there child like my parents have to more less my only brother!
Prayers go out to you and your family. I knew the patient well, but don't judge like it seems most are doing. Accidents happen and as of yet no one knows what really happened. Prayers go out to your family from Buckingham.
trisha southern

Waynesboro, VA

#60 Jan 24, 2012
Prayers from Buckingham wrote:
<quoted text>
Prayers go out to you and your family. I knew the patient well, but don't judge like it seems most are doing. Accidents happen and as of yet no one knows what really happened. Prayers go out to your family from Buckingham.
Thank you so much we need them if you would ask the patients family if we could contact them I would like to talk to them you can email me trshbaby@gmail.com and get my phone number. Thank you so very much love is sent from the southern family

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