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Bassett ambulance crash sends three to the hospital

BASSETT, VA – Three rescue squad volunteers were taken to hospital after a crash in Bassett Sunday.

The incident occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the 300 block of Blackberry Road.

A Bassett Volunteer Rescue Squad ambulance was responding to a call with its lights and siren on when it ran off the right side of Blackberry Road, according to Virginia State Police.

State police said the ambulance then crossed back over Blackberry Road and ran off the left side where it struck an embankment and overturned.

There were three people in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

According to police, the driver and a passenger in the back transport section of the ambulance were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The front seat passenger was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle, police report.

He was flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Authorities said there was no patient in the ambulance.

The crash investigation is ongoing.

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