An ambulance traveling southbound on U.S. 87 towards San Angelo crashed and caught flames early Tuesday morning, killing three of its passengers. The unit was making an emergency run to Shannon Medical Center, transporting a 45-year-old patient and his 43-year-old brother, who was accompanying him, when it lost control on icy ground and crashed. First responders announced three of the passengers, the two brothers and one paramedic, dead on the scene. The driver reportedly suffered incapacitating injuries and was transported to Shannon Medical Center where she is receiving treatment for her injuries.
Tom Green County Justice of the Peace gathered from witness testimonies that at approximately 1:47 AM, the ambulance began to slide towards the center medium due to icy roads. In order to avoid collision, the driver attempted to correct the path but overcompensated at which point the ambulance fell off of the right side of the highway and hit a ditch where it rolled. When it stopped, the ambulance was upside down facing the northeast horizon, where it caught fire and burned.
Investigations into the exact circumstances that led to this unfortunate instance are being headed up by DPS Highway Patrol Trooper M.W. with assistance from the Grape Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the Tom Green County Sherriff's Department and San Angelo Emergency Medical Services.
No further information has been released thus far as to the condition of the driver, who is in serious condition and receiving treatment at Shannon Medical Center. Arnold & Itkin offers its respects to the families of the victims, who have been notified of the event.