A Chattanooga woman was driving the Puckett EMS ambulance that crashed Friday morning in Rome, Ga., killing the patient it carried.
According to the accident report from the Rome Police Department, Rheanne Chrystin Keys, 21, was driving south on Martha Berry Highway near Berry College around 4 a.m.when the vehicle left the road, traveled 316 feet and struck a tree, and then vaulted an embankment before coming to rest.
The report said Keys told the officer she fell asleep at the wheel.
Sgt. Danny Story with the department said the investigation is ongoing and no decision has been made whether to bring charges of negligent manslaughter or other counts.
WRCB-TV reported the ambulance was taking a patient from a LaFayette, Ga., nursing home to a Rome hospital for treatment.
The report identified the patient as Tony Patterson, 55, of LaFayette, who died of blunt force trauma in the crash.
Ooltewah resident Robert Orlo Burnham, 29, a Puckett employee who was tending to Patterson in the rear of the vehicle, was injured in the crash. He and Keys were both taken to Floyd Medical Center in Rome for treatment, the report stated.
Puckett EMS released a statement saying the company is "deeply saddened" and sending thoughts and prayers everyone involved in the accident and their families.
The statement said Keys and Burnham were in stable condition.