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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A fatal crash this week has South Georgia first responders offering drivers advice on what to do when an emergency vehicle comes up behind you.

The patient being transported in the ambulance was killed when it collided with a fertilizer spreader in Early County Tuesday. Investigators say the ambulance did not have it's flashing lights or sirens activated when it collided with the farm equipment. Emergency responders say drivers can help them avoid crashes, by moving to the right.

Dougherty County EMS Paramedic Supervisor Phillip Jackson said "If the general public would, if they see any emergency vehicle come up from behind them. Fire truck, police car, ambulance. If they will just move to the right hand side of the road, it would help us out a lot."

First responders say stopping suddenly in the middle of the road is a serious safety hazard when approached by an emergency vehicle. Georgia law says emergency vehicles pass on the left, so move your car to the right side of the road and give them room to pass.

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