Three members of the Middleburg Volunteer Rescue Squad--including former Middleburg mayor Carol Bowersock--are recovering from injuries they suffered when the ambulance in which they were riding was hit by a pickup last week, authorities said.
The ambulance, which was transporting a patient to Loudoun Hospital Center, was turning from eastbound Route 7 onto Lansdowne Boulevard shortly before 10 a.m. last Thursday when it was hit by a pickup heading west on Route 7, according to Deputy Doug Taylor, a Loudoun sheriff's spokesman.
Taylor said the ambulance's emergency lights and sirens were operating when it made the turn.
Bowersock, 56, suffered several broken ribs and a broken shoulder blade in the crash. She and two other squad members--Catherine Hitch, 33, and the driver, Sheila Sisk, 54--were treated at Loudoun Hospital Center and released the day of the accident, according to hospital spokeswoman Linda Roberts.
"I'm mending, slowly but surely," Bowersock said. "There's no laughing, no coughing, and breathing is iffy."
Bowersock said that she was near the side of the ambulance that was hit and that the force of the impact sent her flying. "Unfortunately, when you work on a patient, you can't wear a seat belt," she said.
Bowersock said that the other rescue squad members suffered minor injuries and that the patient was not injured in the accident. "Really, we're lucky," she said. The driver of the pickup, John DeLuca, 31, of Ashburn, also was treated at the hospital and released that day. He was charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, Taylor said.
The patient, whom authorities did not identify, was released from the hospital Monday, Roberts said.