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Driver Charged with DWI After Accident with North Carolina Ambulance

Five people were hurt when a car and an ambulance collided in Gaston County, reports wcnc.com.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol reported that the wreck happened shortly before 4 p.m. Monday.

Officials say there were two emergency medical technicians in the ambulance. EMS Capt. Chris Hendricks said the ambulance from Stanley Fire and Rescue was responding to a call at the time of the crash.

Four of patients were taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The other person was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with serious injuries.

The captain identified the ambulance driver as Roger Arrowood, a part-time employee with Stanley Civil Defense Rescue Squad. He is banged up but okay. Arrowood was in a separate ambulance wreck last year but that wreck was not his fault either. The other employee in the vehicle, Lisa Laws, also works for the squad part-time. She was hit with the airbag is and bruised.  Both employees, who work full-time with Gaston EMS, have been released from the hospital.

Arrowood and Laws were not in their usual, older rig at the time. The squad captain believes if they were in the older vehicle, the injuries would have been more severe.

The driver’s wife and a girl were in the car with him. The girl suffered a broken arm. His wife suffered head injuries but is expected to recover. The rescue squad captain tells NBC Charlotte the woman used to work for the Stanley Civil Defense Rescue Squad around 2004.

Watch video of the accident here http://bit.ly/1pEEkb4