A Georgia State Patrol accident report states that Polk County EMS workers Bobby Dale Bates, 35, of Rockmart and Larry Cone, 60, of Cedartown, were traveling without a patient and were injured when a vehicle driven by Ryan Carter Unsworth of Rome collided with them on Ga. Hwy. 101 near the intersection of Mack Jones Road on Monday.
The report states that Unsworth, 25, was traveling north on Ga. Hwy. 101 in a 1992 Dodge Dakota pickup truck when he crossed the centerline, striking head-on the EMS vehicle that was traveling south at around 3:25 p.m.
After the initial impact, Unsworth’s vehicle rotated counterclockwise and struck the EMS vehicle again in the left side.
The EMS vehicle then left the roadway on the west shoulder of the highway and traveled 37-feet into a ditch where it then overturned on its right side before coming to rest.
Unsworth’s vehicle came to rest sideways across both lanes facing west.
According to the report, both vehicles suffered extensive damage.
All three subjects suffered visible injuries and were taken to separate hospitals for treatment.
Unsworth was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital by Emory Flight Rescue where he was listed in stable condition as of Tuesday afternoon, Grady officials said.
Bates and Cone were taken to Floyd Medical Center by Polk County EMS, the report states. Officials with Polk County EMS said that Bates and Cone suffered only minor injuries.
Alcohol was not involved in the accident, the report states – though it was not immediately clear what caused Unsworth to cross the centerline.