EMT recounts moments after driver hit first responders

"He hit the ambulance and I closed my eyes and lost sight of the officer, and didn't see her"


By PoliceOne Staff

SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. — An EMT recalled the moment a driver hit first responders on the scene of a crash over the weekend.

FOX17.com reported that Sumner County EMT Ricky Slack was aiding the victim of a motorcycle crash at an intersection when he became a victim himself.

"I was standing here looking out, and I came out and went to this side over here and landed in the gravel on the side of the road," Slack said.

Slack was one of three responders injured by the driver, who backed into another car and began driving around traffic before slamming into the back of an ambulance.

Chief Martin Bowers, with New Shackle Island Fire and Rescue, said the driver had a diabetic incident.

"His blood sugar was 26 or 29," Chief Bowers said. "When you get that low, you can't think right. That's what caused it actually."

“The next thing, he hit the ambulance and I closed my eyes and lost sight of the officer, and didn't see her," Slack said. "Well, of course, I thought he had crushed her under the ambulance. I looked up, and I kept looking for the officer. I looked down and she was laying down the hill. She wasn't moving, and I could see her blinking her eyes."

Deputy Michelle Scott has been released from the hospital and is expected to be OK. A firefighter was also injured after the driver ran over his foot.

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