2 county ambulances damaged in wrecks

Two Catawba County ambulances were involved in accidents Monday, with one being recorded as fatal.
Nathan Turner, 54, of Claremont, was driving an ambulance occupied with another paramedic and a patient from an Alexander County nursing home to a hospital in Catawba County. As Turner approached the Alexander and Catawba county line, a 2003 Ford Escape crossed the center line and hit the ambulance head on about 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Patrick Salmons, 67, of Taylorsville, was driving the SUV and died at the scene.
Turner was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center and was released Tuesday. The other paramedic and patient were transported to a Hickory hospital. Information was not available on their conditions as of press time Tuesday, but authorities said they are expected to survive. N.C. Highway Patrol responded to the accident.
The second accident happened Monday in Hickory.
A Catawba County ambulance occupied by two paramedics were rear-ended by another vehicle. Catawba County Emergency Director Bryan Blanton said there were no injuries and no one was taken to a hospital.
Hickory Police Department responded to the accident.
Because both accidents were the fault of the other party, Catawba County will not have to pay for any damage to the ambulances. Blanton is waiting to receive information from the insurance adjuster on the cost of repairs from the fatal accident in Alexander County.