American Red Cross officials say our area is experiencing a blood shortage after a serious wreck in the Asheville area depleted the blood supply.
The wreck happened Wednesday night when a tractor trailer slammed head on into a church van, sending more than a dozen people, including several children, to the hospital.
Next to time, blood can be the most important thing for a paramedic. And not just any type, but O negative - the universal type that can help any patient.
The supply of O negative blood in the Asheville area was short to begin with, and with so many crash victims in need of blood, officials had to pull from other regions, including Charlotte.