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Autopsy Monday On Leon County Paramedic Who Died In The Line Of Duty - Texas

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  LEON COUNTY - An autopsy will be performed Monday on a Leon County paramedic who died in the line of duty.

46 year old Michael Howard passed away Saturday morning. While responding to a call, Howard went into cardiac arrest and died at the scene.

Michael worked for the Leon county EMS for 22 years. He was also an instructor for TEEX.

TEEX released a statement about Howard: "TEEX was sad to learn of the unexpected death of former adjunct instructor, Michael Howard. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."



PARAMEDICS have a higher fatality rate than any other occupation in Australia

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  Queensland academic Professor Brian Maguire will today present research to the Public Health Association Australia’s annual conference on the occupational injury risks among Australian paramedics.

When looking at work incidents from 2000 to 2010, he found the injury rate for paramedics was twice as high as police officers.

“There is no occupational group in Australia that has a higher fatality rate,’’ Prof Maguire, from Central Queensland University, said.

“Fatalities are largely transportation-related – ambulance crashes, helicopter crashes, or working on the side of a road and being hit by a car. 

“When it comes to injuries, a huge majority of injuries are lifting-related and back injuries.’’

Prof Maguire said paramedics treated approximately three million patients each year in Australia.

His study found, on average, every two years one paramedic dies and 30 are seriously injured in vehicle crashes. A further 10 paramedics were seriously injured each year as the result of an assault.

“The high rate of occupational injuries and fatalities among paramedics is a serious public health issue,’’ he said.

He said there were a number of cases of violence against paramedics, for example when their work required them to deal with patients under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman Sean Mutchmor said paramedics were most commonly killed in vehicles during transport to and from emergency scene.

“While it has been many years since we have lost a paramedic in a vehicle crash, every person in our organisation is cognisant of the risks and is trained to mitigate them as much as possible,’’ he said.

“All QAS paramedics undergo extensive training in emergency driving.

“The ambulances used by the Queensland Ambulance Service have never before been designed to be as safe as they are today.’’

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg told Estimates earlier this year that the Government was funding new bariatric ambulances across the state to cater for patients up to 250kg.

Mr Mutchmor said injuries were most common when lifting or carrying patients or other large objects, with equipment being annually updated to be lighter and easier to carry.

Professor Maguire estimated the direct cost of injured paramedics to the Australian economy was about $12 million a year.

He said he hoped his findings didn’t dissuade paramedics from seeking a career as a paramedic.



Ambulance driver was using phone at time of fatal crash - Ohio

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  Lou Whitmire,

MANSFIELD – An ambulance driver was using the GPS on her cellphone at the time of a fatal crash on Aug. 15, according to a statement she made to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

A patient in the ambulance was killed when the vehicle rolled over at Interstate 71 and Ohio 13. The traffic crash report was obtained by the News Journal.

Michael L. Willis, 56, of Cleveland, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Richland County Coroner's Office.

The crash happened at 11:45 p.m. Aug. 15 on the I-71 southbound exit ramp to Ohio 13 in Washington Township. The vehicle was from Community Care Ambulance Service of Ashtabula.

Lt. Chad Enderby, commander of the patrol's Mansfield post, said there have been eight fatalities this year in Richland County. Last year, seven of the nine fatalities in Richland County were alcohol-related, he said.

Four fatalities this year in Richland County have involved "a distracted driver or left-of-center," Enderby said.

The 2011 Ford Ambulance driven by Amber D. Brown, 30, of Cleveland, traveled off the left side of the exit ramp, striking the guardrail, according to the patrol. The vehicle continued through the guardrail over an embankment, where it rolled several times.

Brown, in her voluntary statement to a trooper, said she was not running with lights and sirens activated. She was not making a medical emergency run; the ambulance was transporting the patient from a Cleveland-area hospital to another hospital in Columbus when the crash occurred.

She said she was using the GPS on her phone because the GPS in the squad was not working. She told the trooper interviewing her she may have taken her eyes off the road for five to 10 seconds, according to her written statement. She had been traveling in the center lane of I-71 before traveling off the road at 75 mph, according to the statement.

When asked what caused her to crash, Brown told a trooper, "I was looking at the GPS to see the time of arrival. I guess I drifted over and ended up sideways going off the roadway."

Willis and an EMT, James A. Phillips, 30, of Garfield Heights, were ejected from the patient transport area. Phillips and Brown were transported to OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital with minor injuries.

The speed of the ambulance and the cause of the crash remain under investigation.

No charges have been filed against Brown pending the toxicology report and autopsy report from Summit County Medical Examiner's Office, according to the patrol.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Washington Township Fire and EMS, the sheriff's office and the Ohio Department of Transportation.


Twitter: @LWhitmir 



Ambulance crashes with car, rolls over in New Castle County collision - Delaware

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  WILMINGTON, Delaware — New Castle County authorities say an out-of-state transport ambulance was involved in a car crash and rolled onto its side.

County paramedics say they were called to the scene at Christiana Road and North DuPont Highway on Saturday evening. Officials say the ambulance rolled onto its side after colliding with a car.

There were no serious injuries. Officials say a 7-year-old boy who was in the ambulance was taken to a hospital in stable condition. 



Johnstown Ambulance Accident - Pennsylvania

Saturday, September 13, 2014  There was some heart stopping moments in Johnstown as an ambulance rushing a patient to a hospital collides with a car. This happened on Thursday morning at the Intersection of Napoleon and Haynes Streets. The Police said that the ambulance was going through an intersection with its lights flashing when it collided with the car. The patient was placed into another ambulance and taken to a hospital in Pittsburgh. The driver of the car was not injured. The crash is under investigation. 



Ambulance hits elk on I-5 near Napavine - Washington

Saturday, September 13, 2014  NAPAVINE, Wash. (AP) - An ambulance from the Salkum Fire Department struck an elk early Wednesday on Interstate 5 near Napavine.

Fire Chief Duran McDaniel says the ambulance was transporting an elderly man to Providence Centralia Hospital. The man was strapped down and unhurt in the crash.

McDaniel says the driver and an emergency medical technician were banged up and checked at a hospital.

The Chronicle reports the elk was barely alive after the crash and later killed. 



Richmond ambulance involved in Hull Street Road crash - Virginia

Saturday, September 13, 2014  BY  AND RICHMOND, Va. — Emergency crews responded to a crash near the intersection of Hull Street Road and Belt Boulevard in South Richmond.

Images from the scene show a damaged Richmond Ambulance Authority vehicle and at least one other car.

A Richmond ambulance was headed to a 911 call with its flashing emergency lights and sirens blaring.


While on their way to the call  police say the driver of a red sedan failed to yield and slammed into the ambulance.

Officers say the driver and two kids under the age of five were taken to the hospital with  minor injuries.

“We are mandated to respond with lights and sirens,” said Rob Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer. “We were able to confirm that the crew were following the procedures we set down for safe vehicle operations,” said Lawrence.

Some westbound lanes of Hull Street Road were closed as police investigate and clean-up crews work to clear the area.

That’s because ambulance operators are monitored once they get behind the wheel.

“It means we can assess how safely vehicles are being operated on the streets of Richmond,” said Lawrence.

The technology were installed in the Authority’s fleet of vehicles.

“So, if there’s ever any question or in the worst case scenario, if we have a vehicle contact.  We can go back into the system and see what the vehicle was doing at that exact moment in time,” said Lawrence.

The system records the operators driving patterns, like how fast the person is going, if they’re wearing a seat belt, and using the vehicles flashing lights and sirens.​

Lawrence says it’s more than just responding to an emergency call.

“We very much believe in the culture of safety.  So, we train our vehicle operators to be as safe as they possibly can,” said Lawrence.

Lawrence says the system will also warn operators when they reach the driving limits set by the Ambulance Authority.

The system was installed more than two decades ago, at a cost of $3,000 a piece for each vehicle.

The city of Richmond was the first in the country to do it.

The Richmond Ambulance Authority is considering putting cameras inside of the vehicles.




2 EMTs Injured in I-5 Crash - California

Tuesday, September 9, 2014  By Matt Rascon and R. StickneyTwo EMTs were injured when their ambulance was struck by another vehicle along Interstate 5 in Del Mar Tuesday.

The California Highway Patrol arrested a man after his white sedan slammed into the back of the emergency vehicle that was traveling northbound on I-5 around 1:30 a.m.

The collision damaged the rear bumper of the ambulance and started a car fire that damaged the front half of the sedan. The EMT's were inside the ambulance at the time of the crash.

CHP blocked off northbound lanes to traffic between Del Mar Heights Road and Via de la Valle.

The employees of Air Care International were treated at the scene, put on stretchers and then taken to a nearby hospital by another ambulance.

San Diego Fire-Rescue arrived and put out the car fire.

The driver was taken into custody without serious injuries. CHP officers say he’ll face charges for driving under the influence.




Air ambulance got wrong fuel before crash in Las Cruces

Tuesday, September 9, 2014  LAS CRUCES — Federal safety investigators say an air ambulance got the wrong fuel at a New Mexico airport before it took off and crashed, killing all four people aboard.

A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report says the twin-engine aircraft was refueled with 40 gallons of jet fuel instead of aviation gasoline at the Las Cruces airport on Aug. 27.

The plane was headed for Phoenix. All three crew members and one patient were killed.

The NTSB preliminary report issued Monday does not say whether the wrong fuel caused the crash.

The report says a crew member called the dispatcher on a satellite telephone and reported they were returning because smoke was coming from the right engine.

Las Cruces spokesman Udell Vigil said city officials would have no comment on the NTSB preliminary report because the city doesn’t operate the fueling service at the airport.

That operator, Southwest Aviation Inc., also had no immediate comment.

The NTSB will issue a final report later on the crash.

The plane was registered to Elite Medical Air Transport, of El Paso, Texas, and was operated by Amigos Aviation Inc. of Harlingen, Texas, the NTSB said.

The preliminary report said the plane had turned and was still at a low altitude before it crashed and burst into flames.

After arriving at the Las Cruces airport, the pilot was in the cockpit when he told an airport technician he needed 40 gallons of fuel, the preliminary report said.

It said the technician refueled the plane and that the pilot helped the technician replace both wings’ fuel caps before they walked into the office, where the pilot signed the machine-printed fuel ticket.

Investigators who arrived at the crash site a day later reported smelling jet fuel, the preliminary report said.

Crew members killed have been identified as 29-year-old pilot Freddy Martinez, 27-year-old flight paramedic Tauren Summers and 35-year-old flight nurse Monica Chavez, all from El Paso.

The patient was 59-year-old Fredrick Green, a Phoenix resident who was staying in Las Cruces while undergoing radiation treatment after surgery in Phoenix for a brain tumor. He was returning to Phoenix for further treatment. 



Local hospital sued by woman allegedly injured in ambulance accident - Louisiana

Tuesday, September 9, 2014  By Kyle Barnett

GRETNA – A woman who claims she was injured in auto collision with an ambulance is suing. 

Sarah Chighizola filed suit against East Jefferson General Hospital, Tramaine L. Eugene and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in the 24th Judicial District Court on July 22.

Chighizola asserts that on July 25, 2013 she was in her car at the intersection U.S. Highway 90 and LA 611-4 when Eugene, who was driving an ambulance collided with her vehicle.  

The defendant is accused of failing to properly apply the vehicle’s brakes, failing to keep proper control, operating the vehicle in a careless manner, failing to see what should have been seen or heard, failing to exercise due care and caution, failing to exercise reasonable vigilance, failing to obey the rules of emergency vehicles, failing to come to stop at a light and failing to do anything to avoid the accident.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for pain and suffering, mental anguish, property damage, loss of use of vehicle, storage fees and medical expenses.

Chighizola is represented by attorney Kevin A. Rieth of New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division J Judge Stephen C. Grefer.



7 injured after private ambulance collides with Range Rover in East Harlem - New York

Sunday, September 7, 2014  even people were hospitalized — including a pedestrian — Friday evening when a private ambulance and a Range Rover collided in East Harlem, authorities said.

The vehicles crashed on Park Ave. near 102nd St. at about 5:30 p.m., officials said.

Four people in the ambulance, two in the Range Rover and a person on the street were taken to area hospitals, including Harlem Hospital and New York-Presbyterian Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, cops said.

Police were investigating the crash Friday night. 



Boy dies after NY ambulance rollover

Sunday, September 7, 2014  By Sandra Tan
The Buffalo News

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A boy being transported by ambulance to Women & Children’s Hospital for breathing problems late last Thursday night died at the hospital after the ambulance he was in was struck by another car and flipped over.

Police responded to a call of a child not breathing and was being transported to Women’s & Children’s Hospital at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday, said Buffalo Police spokesman Michael DeGeorge.

The unidentified boy, age 7 or 8, was in the ambulance at the intersection of Ashland Avenue and Bryant Street when a driver traveling the wrong way on Ashland Avenue struck the Rural/Metro Medical Services ambulance, causing the ambulance to flip over, DeGeorge said.

After the crash, he said, emergency personnel transferred the boy to a police vehicle, where he was driven a short distance to Women & Children’s Hospital. He died overnight, DeGeorge said.

The initial medical examiner’s autopsy, performed over the weekend, deferred on listing a specific cause of death pending further investigation, DeGeorge said.

At least five other adults were injured in the accident and were reportedly treated in Erie County Medical Center and released. DeGeorge clarified information about the child patient Wednesday. On Friday. The Buffalo News had been provided information about the accident that didn’t mention him. The others injured include other ambulance personnel, a firefighter and possibly the driver of the other vehicle, DeGeorge said.

The Buffalo driver, Jeremy Parrilla, 25, struck a parked vehicle in addition to the ambulance. He attempted to flee but was caught by police, DeGeorge said. Parrilla was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an injury accident and obstruction of governmental administration.




Louisville EMT loses leg months after deadly crash

Sunday, September 7, 2014  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Months after two Louisville EMT's were injured in a fatal crash on River Road, one of the men has lost a leg.

The crash happened on June 23rd, 2014 on River Road. Police initially said a car had turned onto River Road and collided with an ambulance and the driver of the car was killed in the crash.

Two EMTs, Jon Johnson and John Morgan, were both injured.

“He's been in and out of the hospital since then,” said Shauna Staton, the wife of John Morgan.

Shauna Staton is a MetroSafe dispatcher. She wasn't at work when the crash happened, but as soon as she was notified she rushed to the hospital to see him.

“They gave me a report there was an ambulance accident. Told me he broke his leg and he'd be fine. They gave me the wrong report. They gave me his partner's report. When they figured out who I was and where he was, they called the chaplain in,” said Staton.

Staton says it didn't look good, but they refused to give up hope even though Morgan was severely injured.

“He ruptured his bladder, he was bleeding out through his abdomen, ruptured his colon, his femur came up and split his pelvis wide open,” Staton said.

He's now had his leg amputated and was moved to a rehab facility on Thursday afternoon.

“They're looking at 9 months before he can walk again. 2 years before he can return to the job. He has to learn to walk all over again,” said Shauna Staton.

Staton says her husband is fighting to get back to the job he loves. The couple met as EMT's in another county, later married and moved to Louisville. She says he had only been on the job 4 weeks when this crash happened.

“We're just happy that he's alive,” Staton said.

While his partner, Jon Johnson, was released from the hospital in July, John Morgan still has a way to go before he's ready to go home.

He's already had more than 34 surgeries. Despite his injuries, Staton says he will return one day to the job he loves.

“He's just trying to overcome. Hopefully get back out on the streets and serve the public..that's what we do,” Staton said.

John Morgan is expected have a hip replacement next week and will soon be fitted for a prosthetic leg.

As for the crash investigation, police say this case is still open and under investigation.




Man dies in vehicle; responding ambulance hit by truck - Ohio

Sunday, September 7, 2014  MARION – A pair of crashes along Ohio 423 killed one and injured two Thursday afternoon.

Anthony H. Smith, 34, of Marion, was found unresponsive in his vehicle, which was in a ditch south of Marion Cardington Road, around 12:45 p.m., according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Troopers from the Marion post believe Smith, driving a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander, may have suffered a medical condition while traveling southbound. The vehicle went off the right side of the road and traveled into a ditch before striking an embankment.

Sgt. Rich Logsdon said the crash is being treated similar to other fatal crashes because, “even if it’s something medical, the van still struck something.” An autopsy report is pending as the fatal crash remains under investigation.

Smith was transported to Marion General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Prior to this crash, there had been 12 motor vehicle fatalities in Marion County this year, according to the patrol.

The second crash was reported at the site at about 1:15 p.m. after the Pleasant Township Fire Department responded to the crash. The ambulance, parked in the northbound lane, was struck from behind by a 2007 Ford Explorer.

Two Pleasant Township firefighters sustained lower back injuries in the crash. Fire Chief Clint Canterbury said they are OK.

“This was a disaster in the making,” he said. “This guy was lucky they hadn’t exited the vehicle yet.

“If he would have missed the squad, he would have hit the victim we were going to.”

The name of the driver of the Explorer has not been released.

The cost of damage to the squad vehicle, which Pleasant Township purchased at the start of the year when it launched an ambulance service, has not been determined.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Marion Township Fire Department, Marion County Coroner’s Office and the Ohio Department of Transportation. 



Man revived with Narcan assaults EMS providers - West Virginia

Sunday, September 7, 2014  BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. — A paramedic and an EMT were assaulted Wednesday after administering Narcan to a man who attacked them and then fled.

Scott Gill was arrested after a two-hour manhunt, reports.

EMS responded after a friend found Gill along railroad tracks on the West Virginia side of the Ohio River and called 911. EMT’s gave him Narcan, commonly used to revive victims of an opiate overdose, and he became violent — one of the side effects of the drug.

Gill began attacking a paramedic and EMT, and fled into the woods. Neither was seriously injured 



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