EMT recovers from head-on crash, with positive attitude

EMT recovers from head-on crash, with positive attitude
EMT Paul Sanchez is going through rehab in Little Rock, weeks after a crash on I-40 broke his left leg and his right heel. (Source: KARK-TV)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - An EMT who suffered a broken left leg and broken right heel after a head-on crash said this week that he has remained positive throughout the ordeal.

According to a report from Little Rock television station KARK, Paul Sanchez, who works as an EMT for MEMS, said the crash on I-40 in Little Rock on a out-of-town transport was a bad situation.

“We were going uphill, and when we topped the hill, we saw the headlights,” Sanchez told KARK.

Sanchez said when they noticed the headlights, it was too late and that the ambulance hit a car going the wrong way.

The woman who was driving the other vehicle was killed on impact, KARK said.

He was driving the ambulance as it flipped and bounced in the air, KARK said, noting the crash also trapped his legs.

“I got a hold of my handheld (radio) and was able to call in we had been involved in a collision,” Sanchez said.

For now, Sanchez is going through rehab at the Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute in Little Rock.

The rehab is expected to take about seven months to complete, but Sanchez said he is ready.

“I’ve kept a good attitude and I plan on keeping a good attitude through it,” Sanchez said.

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