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Man dies after cycle hits ambulance

GRAYSON - A 57-year-old Lawrenceville man died Sunday after his motorcycle collided with an ambulance on Grayson Highway.

Preliminary investigations indicate a Gwinnett County ambulance was traveling west on Grayson Highway shortly before 1 p.m. when James Edward Malone lost control of his Honda motorcycle which collided with the emergency vehicle, a Police Department press release said.

Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said the ambulance's lights and siren were activated as the driver was on his way to Gwinnett Medical Center with a patient.

Moloney said Malone lost control of the motorcycle and entered into the west-bound lane, crashing into the ambulance.

Two ambulances responded to the wreck, one to transport Malone, the other to take the patient inside the wrecked ambulance to the medical center.

Moloney said Malone later died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.

The patient being transported did not sustain any additional injuries due to the accident, Moloney said.

According to the release, Malone was trying to brake when he lost control of his bike.

"It was clear and the roads were dry," Moloney said of the conditions at the time of the accident. "The driver of the motorcycle lost control while braking."

Moloney said the identity of the ambulance driver will not be released until an internal investigation of the accident is complete.

"Fire and EMS are conducting their own internal investigation," Moloney said. "When they are at a place in the investigation, or after the investigation, (where) they are ready to release (the name) I will do that."

Moloney said the driver of the ambulance took administrative leave the day of the collision and is on regularly scheduled off days. Moloney said the driver will return to work as normal once those days pass.