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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A Richland County ambulance needed assistance Tuesday morning after ending up in a ditch in southeastern Richland County.

Near midday Tuesday, a News 19 photographer arrived near the intersection of Leesburg Road and McCords Ferry Road in southeast Richland County, just as a tow truck was working to extract a Richland County EMS Ambulance from a ditch.

Richland County Emergency Services Director Michael Byrd tells News 19 that the ambulance was struck in the rear by a tractor trailer, knocking it off the roadway and into the wooded area.

The ambulance had been preparing to make a left turn into a Richland County Fire substation located on McCords Ferry Road.

The ambulance was not carrying any patients, and was not on an active call at the time of the incident. Two EMS workers were in the front cab of the ambulance, and were transported to an area hospital for evaluation.

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