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NICKELSVILLE — First responders in Scott County were dispatched to an ambulance wreck Thursday morning that was reportedly caused by icy road conditions on Nickelsville Highway.
A crash involving a Nickelsville Rescue Squad ambulance with three entrapments was reported to Scott County Central Dispatch at 10:50 a.m. The accident occurred approximately 6 miles north of Gate City on state Route 71, less than a mile south of its intersections with Route 671.
The ambulance was reportedly transporting a patient from Nickelsville to Kingsport when it flipped onto its side. Virginia State Police said the ambulance ran off the right side of the road before striking a rock ledge and overturning.
Although some sections of Route 71 were clear, officials said road conditions at the site of the crash were icy and slushy due the morning's heavy snowfall.
The ambulance driver, a medic and a patient were in the vehicle when it crashed. All three were taken to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries by ambulances from the Duffield Rescue Squad and Scott County Life Saving Crew.
The wreck is being investigated by the Virginia State Police. The Scott County Sheriff's Office was also dispatched to the scene, as were responders from the Duffield Rescue Squad, the Gate City Volunteer Fire Department and the Nickelsville Rescue Squad.
The ambulance wreck occurred a short distance from where a Virginia Department of Transportation contractor's vehicle crashed Wednesday night.
Snow and ice covered roads reportedly caused the truck to slide off Route 71 and come to rest on its side next to a barn.
A VDOT spokeswoman said there were no injuries in the crash. The truck will be removed by the department once road conditions have improved, she said.