UPDATE: The paramedic who died in a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday was identified.
David Eads, 42, of Frankston was the driver of the ambulance and he passed away, according to DPS.
A citation was also issued to the driver of the Peterbilt rock-hauler truck for the violation of backing without safety.
Eads was a UT Health East Texas EMS paramedic for more than 24 years, “touching countless lives,” said UT Health in a statement.
He joined the UT Health team in December of 2020, and he was a lead paramedic in the Tyler/Smith County area.
“David was the kind of medic who had the perfect balance of competency and compassion,” said Dr. Yagnesh Desai, UT Health East Texas EMS Medical Director. “He was a medic who cared for the whole person, not just the immediate medical need.”
Recently, Eads could usually be found in his community working high school football games, where he would pose for pictures with players and mascots.
Eads was very dedicated to his profession and he was always striving to learn in order to provide the best care for his patients, said UT Health.
“David was the kind of person that made you feel better simply by being around him,” said John Smith, CEO of UT Health East Texas EMS. “He had a way of making those around him better because of his huge heart for EMS and concern over his patients.”
UT Health mentioned this is a tragic loss for them. The unit number 809 will also be retired from service to honor Eads.
HUNT COUNTY, Texas (KETK)- A UT Health paramedic died in a two-vehicle crash involving an ambulance in Hunt County, according to DPS.
DPS Highway Patrol Troopers received a call Wednesday around 6:55 p.m. to a major crash on U.S. 69 north of Greenville, said DPS Sergeant Kyle Bradford.
An initial investigation revealed, a Peterbilt rock-hauler truck was backing up across the two lanes of traffic along U.S. 69.
A UT Health East Texas EMS ambulance was heading south on U.S. 69, and were unaware of the truck-tractor. The vehicle crashed into the truck-tractor, and this killed the driver of the ambulance.
The passenger of the ambulance was transported to UT Health East Texas in stable condition, and the driver of the truck-tractor was not injured.
Officials are still investigating the crash, and no other information is available currently.
UT Health East Texas released the following statement:
“We are devastated by the loss of one of our team members who was involved in a two-vehicle accident while on duty Wednesday night. Another crew member was also injured.
Our thoughts are with the team member’s family and friends. Our prayers are also with the injured crew member who is being treated.
We have trained crisis counselors available to provide support for colleagues and employees at this difficult time.”
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