Tennessee Firefighter David Cline's Medical History May Have Contributed to Fatal Wreck

 

 
 
 

| Tuesday, December 29, 2009


JEMS.com Editor Note: We understand that the term 'ambulance driver' is considered an offense by many of our readers. With stories that may use this term, we try to determine a subject's specific position title before going to print. In this case, as reported by the Associated Press and local media outlets, the term is widely used. We have chosen not to correct this as 'ambulance driver' refers to the duties of the individual reported on as pertaining to a fatal accident investigation, the subject of this news story.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville police have concluded that the driver of an ambulance that ran into the back of a state roadside assistance truck was at fault for the Interstate 65 wreck that killed two.



A report released Monday and obtained by WTVF-TV said police aren't sure why ambulance driver David Cline ran off the highway and into the roadside assistance truck parked in an interstate emergency lane on Oct. 22.



The investigation found that Cline, who died in the wreck along with an elderly patient in the ambulance, had been diagnosed with epilepsy and the sleep disorder narcolepsy.



The 36-year-old Cline was a Franklin firefighter who was also working as an ambulance driver for a private company, Rural/Metro. The wreck also injured another paramedic in the ambulance.



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Information from: WTVF-TV, http://www.newschannel5.com

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