Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 11, 2013

Local man dies

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens —   The passenger who was being transported to East Texas Medical Center via an ambulance that was involved in a wreck in Athens on April 19 has died.

  The deceased, 63-year old, Terry Clint Adams, was a resident of Oakwood Place Nursing Center on Wood Street. He was being taken to the hospital due to pre-existing medical problems.

  ETMC Spokesman Rebecca Berkley said Adams died at the ETMC facility in Tyler. Berkley said due to federal HIPPA regulations, the hospital could not release information pertaining to the time of death, or what injuries, if any, Adams may have sustained in the ambulance wreck.

  The Athens Police Department report, written the day of the wreck, states that at 6:16 a.m., the ambulance was westbound in the outside lane of E. Tyler Street. The driver told officer James Graham that he took evasive action to avoid a domesticated animal that was crossing the roadway. The right front wheel of the ambulance struck the curb and drove up the edge of the north side of the roadway. About 60 feet after striking the curb, the ambulance hit a utility pole and came to a stop. The speed limit for that section of E. Tyler Street is listed as 45 miles-per-hour.

  The police report stated that neither the driver , nor an attendant in the back of the vehicle, was injured in the wreck. The patient, Adams, was listed as having “a possible injury.”