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Ambulance struck while responding to fatal wreck

FORT VALLEY — A Marshallville woman died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle wreck Wednesday afternoon at the Ga. 49 Connector and Woolfolk Road intersection near Fort Valley.

The incident was compounded when a Peach County ambulance responding to that accident was also in a wreck with a pickup truck.

The pickup’s driver was charged with driving under the influence.

Annie Satterfield Harbuck, 90, was transported to The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon where she later died, said Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Elbert Slappy.

Harbuck was traveling south on Woolfolk Road in a 2006 Ford Taurus when she failed to yield for a stop sign and skidded through the intersection at Woolfolk Road and the Ga. 49 Connector at 5:11 p.m., Slappy said.

The car traveled across two westbound lanes of traffic of the four lane Ga. 49 Connector, and was struck in an eastbound lane by a 2001 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by William Burke, 63, of Lincolnton, the trooper said.

Burke and passenger Brian Banks, 46, also of Lincolnton, were treated for minor injuries at the Medical Center, Slappy said.

A Peach County ambulance responding to the wreck collided with a pickup truck at U.S. 341 near Peacan Road, said Peach County 911 Director Sheryl Hobbs.

Driver Haley McKnight and passenger Baxter Taylor, the paramedics in the ambulance, were treated for minor injuries at Peach Regional Medical Center in Fort Valley, said Peach County EMS Director Alfonzo Ford.

The ambulance was totaled, with the cost of replacing it and its equipment estimated at $100,000, Ford said.

The ambulance was among three responding to the accident, which meant another ambulance quickly reached the wreck on the Ga. 49 Connector, Hobbs said.

“There was no delay in response,” Hobbs said.

The third ambulance came up behind the overturned ambulance off U.S. 341, Hobbs said.

Also, Peach County received mutual aid in either responding to the wrecks or helping cover Peach County’s territory while its ambulances were tied up from Houston Healthcare’s Emergency Medical Service, Mid Georgia Ambulance and the Medical Center’s Emergency Medical Service, Hobbs said. Peach County and Byron fire departments also responded, said Ford.

Bennie Towns Sr., 51, of Fort Valley, the driver of the 2000 Chevrolet 1500 Silverado pickup that collided with the ambulance, was charged by the state patrol with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and driving under the influence, Slappy said. Towns also was transported to the Medical Center.

Towns was listed in stable condition Thursday at the hospital, said Janie Poulnott, spokeswoman for the Medical Center.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 923-3109, extension 243.

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