Two ambulance crew members die in fiery Greene County crash

mbbaker@sunherald.comJune 24, 2014 

Two members of an ambulance crew died Tuesday morning in an accident with an 18-wheeler in Greene County, according to Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop J spokesman Brent Barfield.

The ambulance, operating out of the Heidelberg station in Laurel, was headed to a call on Mississippi 63 about noon. It crashed into a semi-truck carrying a bulldozer near the Piave community, just south of the Piave Plaza Road. Barfield said the crash occurred after the ambulance, with its red lights flashing but no siren sounding, attempted to pass two 18-wheelers carrying loads.

The ambulance passed the first truck, Barfield said, but the ambulance hit the second truck, driven Charles E. Bexley, 47, when he tried to turn left. Both immediately burst into flames.

Greene County Coroner Ladd Pulliman pronounced the ambulance crew dead at the scene. Their names are being withheld pending their positive identification from the Mississippi State Crime Lab.

Bexley was injured and was taken by ambulance to Perry County General Hospital.

MHP is continuing its investigation.

"It's sad," Barfield said. "These guys, I see them every day out here."

The Red Cross also responded to provide aid to first responders.

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