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Bandera County EMT recovering after ambulance accident

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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 11:06 am

Bandera County EMT intermediate Gary Davis continues his recovery after a vehicle struck his ambulance while in transit to the hospital.

On Saturday, July 9, at 1:49 p.m., authorities responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 83 south of ConCan. According to a report by Texas State Trooper Juan Maldonado, Caroline Beltran, of Uvalde, was traveling northbound on U.S. 83 when her vehicle drifted off and back on the roadway, striking the driver's side of a Utopia ambulance.

Ambulance driver Patti McAleb, of Utopia, and Davis were airlifted to a San Antonio hospital. Patient and passenger Olga Serna and Diana Fragoso, who were en route to Uvalde Memorial Hospital when the accident occurred, were also injured.

According to reports, Davis has been released from the hospital; McAleb is reportedly making progress and recovering.

Uvalde County Judge William Mitchell said no citations have been issued at this point, and the investigation is ongoing. Bandera County EMS has set up an account at Bandera Bank for Davis, who is also the EMS director of Utopia, to help with expenses.

“Our volunteers are vitally important, regardless of whether they are emergency medical responders or firefighters,” Mitchell said. “When something like this happens, it really stresses the role they play in the community.”

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