UPDATE: Ambulance Driver Will Be Charged In Kinston Wreck

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

According to the Kinston Free Press, Trooper Jackie Rogers says Joseph Heck of Greene County will be charged with making an improper lane change after crashing an ambulance in Kinston on Wednesday.

Two people were airlifted from the First Med ambulance after it hit an East Carolina vending truck on Highway 11. The ambulance flipped over and crash into a utility pole. Power was knocked out to about 3,000 Progress Energy customers in Southwestern Lenoir County.


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Power has been restored in Lenoir County after an ambulance wreck downed power lines and knocked out electricity to 1900 customers, according to Progress Energy.

The company says all power was restored by 12:00 a.m. Wednesday night which was right on schedule with their previous estimates.


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The Highway Patrol is on the scene of a crash on Highway 11 in Lenoir County which downed power lines and knocked out electricity to 1900 customers. Progress Energy says power will probably be out for most affected customers until midnight.

Highway 11 is closed from Albrittons Road to the Highway 11/55 split.

The crash between an ambulance and delivery truck was reported at 6:04 p.m. Wednesday. The driver of the ambulance, 34-year-old Joseph Heck of Snow Hill and 19-year-old passenger and co-worker Aimee McKinney of Grifton were both were airlifted to Vidant Medical Center. MKinney is listed in fair condition and Heck's condition was not available late Wednesday night. There was no patient in the ambulance that crashed.

61-year-old Ira Grizzard of Grifton was driving the vending truck. He was not injured.

Highway Patrol Trooper Jackie Rogers says both vehicles were traveling north on Highway 11 when the ambulance attempted to change lanes, clipping the truck and then flipping.

Charges are pending.

The truck belongs to East Carolina Vending. A private ambulance company, First Med, confirms it's ambulance was involved in the crash.

The Highway Patrol says the Department of Transportation set up barricades around the downed power lines.


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  • by CHAD Location: KINSTON on Feb 12, 2012 at 02:12 PM
    GLAD EVERYONE IS OKAY
  • by Friend on Feb 10, 2012 at 02:02 PM
    Aimee has been released from the hospital this afternoon in good spirits.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM
    He will be fired from is job as well.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:57 AM in reply to
      Brilliant deduction
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 at 07:35 AM
    He'll be charged after flipping the ambulance. Really? I guess that makes more sense than saying he was charged before he did it.
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Feb 10, 2012 at 05:50 AM
    Instead of ticketing the ambulance driver, whichever department or hospital they work for should tell the HP that they are going to handle it internally, like the sheriff department who's deputy will not be ticketed for hitting the other car and sending that man to the hospital. No, I haven't forgotten about that one. LEO did not get ticket, EMS does get ticket.
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      by So Funny on Feb 10, 2012 at 08:00 AM in reply to Native
      Well Guess what this guy is a LEO so you "Native" go else where with your conspiracy theory!! Geez people today..if it were you and you didn't get a ticket you would not have stood up and said "Please give me a ticket" Yeah that is how people are they want everyone to pay, but when it is them they are happy to get away with it!
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        by Native on Feb 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM in reply to So Funny
        Your goofy. The deputy I was referring to was in a completely different county, you moron. If this guy is a LEO, then fine, why did it take him wearing his EMS hat for him to be ticketed? You missed the bigger picture. I love to not be ticketed, but at the same time I dont go around a write other folks tickets for doing the same thing I do. TOO funny.
  • by Chuck Location: Greenville on Feb 9, 2012 at 08:23 PM
    This accicent could have been worse.They could have had a patient on board. Cut the drivers some slack.Accidents do happen. It is not easy driving one of these ambulances or Fire trucks. I Have seen Greenville Fire & Rescue Go thru tiny places try to get thru & Some nutty drivers will not stop & Not yield to them. The call they are responding too just might be involving one of your family. Support & help the ambulance drivers.Stay back & Away from them& Yield to their sirens.
  • by someone Location: nearby on Feb 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM
    Sure it was an ambulance that was involved, But ask yourself this one how many times have you been on the road in an emergency vehicle or private vehicle and go to pass someone and that person speeds up when you try to pass. Hopefully the crew member's will be fine. Give those emergency vehicles the room they need even if they are not in Emergency mode.And those who say it was speed its not always speed involved, those style trucks can't go that fast.Trust me there's are slow.
  • by LC123 on Feb 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM
    Hwy 11 is becoming interstate 11. The Highway Patrol needs to do a better job at enforcing traffic laws between Kinston and Greenville. Start writing some speeding tickets and slow these idiots down!!!!!!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 at 07:39 AM in reply to LC123
      Are you calling the ambulance driver an idiot...without having been there to know what happened for yourself?
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      by Bloke on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM in reply to LC123
      The wreck was on Hwy 11 South, not North.
  • by Jimmy Location: Kinston on Feb 9, 2012 at 07:22 AM
    To set the record straight. There was no high speeds involved. Both ambulance crew members are gonna be OK. The other driver of the truck is unharmed. It took an hour to extricate all parties involved. There was no patient in the back of the ambulance. Accidents happen all the time. That's why we have public services as such. Thanks and have a good day
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      by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 at 07:38 AM in reply to Jimmy
      At least SOMEone actually read the story before posting. Thank you.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    Who cares about the power! How is the poor patient?!
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