June 18, 2019

** Tennessee paramedic killed in head-on crash


** A Tennessee paramedic from Chapman County is dead after a head-on collision Thursday saw a car cross the center line, striking his Toyota SUV around 4 a.m. The Knoxville News Sentinel (Hayes Hickman/April 12) said Donnie Lee Surber, 48, died at the scene, while the driver of the other vehicle remains at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. His condition has not been disclosed. According to the newspaper, police allegedly found signs that the car driver may have been under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crash. Surber, who had previously worked as a flight medic for Air Evac Lifeteam 88 in Harlan, Kentucky, had also toiled with American Medical Response in both Knox and Campbell Counties. At the time of his death, he was employed part time with Sevier County EMS and worked at the Arconic aluminum plant as an on-site paramedic. In 2001, he was part of a recovery team assisting at the 9/11 attack site. Funeral services are pending. There is no word yet on whether the car driver will face charges in Surber’s death.


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