GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — The driver accused of causing a wreck between his vehicle and an ambulance Monday has been charged with a DWI, according to troopers.
The driver, who troopers identified as Blair Orr, crossed the center line and hit a Gaston County EMS ambulance. Five people, including two Stanly Civil Defense Rescue Squad EMTs, were rushed to the hospital.
Video was released to WSOC from Gaston County EMS showing what happened seconds leading up to the crash and the moment of impact.
The ambulance had both its siren and lights on as it headed to an emergency call. As they rounded a curve, the driver of the Honda sedan slammed into them.
Troopers say the driver of the Honda had been drinking and was speeding and driving recklessly.
Highway Patrol confirms Orr was in the car with his wife, Brianna, and neither were wearing a seat belt.
Brianna Orr is in intensive care suffering from brain injuries, according to troopers. The couple’s niece was also in the car, but is expected to be OK.
Both EMTs were released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon.
The driver already has been charged with DWI and could face more charges, including reckless driving.