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Pickup driver critical after ambulance crash

ALBANY, Ga. -- The driver of a pickup truck involved in an ambulance crash that took place at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday remained in critical condition Monday, a spokeswoman at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital said.

A citation is pending against Christopher Barfield, 25, after he made a left turn as a Dougherty EMS unit attempted to pass him while on an emergency call over the weekend, resulting in the two vehicles colliding.

Lt. Danny Ball of the Dougherty County Police Department said Monday that there were three passengers in the truck ranging from 2 months to 21 years of age. The driver of the ambulance was identified as Eriskin Livingston, age 50 or 51, and the passenger was identified as Victor Allen, 28.

According to initial reports from the DCPD, Barfield came to slow rate of speed in front of the EMS unit as it traveled on the 1900 block of South County Line Road on an emergency call. When the EMS unit attempted to pass, the truck made a left turn, causing the two vehicles to collide and the EMS unit to roll onto its side.

Ball said Monday reports showed a citation was pending against Barfield, but that they did not show what charges.

A status of "critical" indicates that vital signs are unstable or not within normal limits, the patient is acutely ill and indicators are questionable, a description of patient conditions on Phoebe's website says.

The hospital spokeswoman said Monday that there was no information available on the conditions of the passengers in the pickup, while the two people in the ambulance were not admitted.