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Blountville shoppers brawl with EMS, neglect child - Tennessee

Thursday, October 23, 2014  An intoxicated Mount Carmel couple face multiple charges after reportedly taking their young child to a Blountville store, where the father soon passed out with a bag of meth and his wife punched a responding paramedic.

The incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday at the Dollar General on Highway 11-W, at the intersection with Highway 394. Officers responded to a report of an erratic woman inside the store, finding Rhonda Middleton, 35, of 546 Beech St., "acting incoherent, unbalanced on her feet."

A Sullivan County Sheriff's Office police report notes that Middleton "was dosing in and out" while speaking with officers and couldn't pay attention to commands. EMS were called to check on her health, as she allegedly claimed to be diabetic and her blood sugar was dropping, but medical personal found her level's were appropriate. Middleton also refused to be transported to an area hospital for further examination.

Meanwhile, her husband was located passed out in a car in the parking lot. Police report that it took "several attempts" to awaken Rodney Middleton, 35, with him refusing any treatment from EMS. He allegedly admitted to driving his wife and daughter, age 5, to the store, then performed poorly on field sobriety tests.

An SCSO incident report states that as police were charging Rodney Middleton for DUI, EMS escorted his daughter out of sight of her father's arrest. This reportedly enraged Rhonda Middleton, who ran away from police and towards the paramedic, punching her in the face.

A deputy pulled Rhonda Middleton off the EMS worker and detained her on the ground of the parking lot. Middleton was then charged with simple assault and public intoxication. She was also charged with child neglect, reads an incident report, as her actions at the scene adversely affected her daughter's welfare.

A Department of Children's Services case worker responded to take temporary custody of the girl. Following transport to jail, a clear baggy of meth was located in the pocket of Rodney Middleton, prompting a charge of drug possession.

An investigation is continuing against the couple with additional charges pending.



Flight medic succumbs to Texas chopper crash injuries

Thursday, October 23, 2014  WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Flight medic Erasmus “Johan” van der Colff IV died Wednesday night from injuries sustained in a medical helicopter crash in Wichita Falls.

Colff’s death marks the third fatality resulting from the October 4th crash, TexomasHomePage reports.

Flight nurse Leslie Stewart, 28, died from injuries on October 8th. The patient on board, Buddy Rhodes, 28, died in the crash. The pilot, Zechariah Smith, survived the crash with serious injuries.

A report filed with the NTSB indicates during an attempt to land, the pilot lost control of the helicopter and it began to spin. It spun five times before crashing and bursting into flames.    



2 medics sent blindly into violent Detroit crowd, attacked

Thursday, October 23, 2014  DETROIT — Two medics were assaulted after Detroit dispatchers failed to identify the call as a possible violent situation.  

The medics were responding to a report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle, when three members of a crowd attacked them, WXYZ reports.

"There was information that there was fighting on the scene and that information never made it to the medics," said Joseph Barney who represents Detroit EMS workers under the Police Officers Association of Michigan.

For safety reasons, EMS workers will wait for police support if violence is reported on the scene.

"We're there to help people," said Barney. "We're unarmed."

It remains unclear why dispatch did not inform the medics of fighting, and efforts are being made to improve communication. 



EMTs injured in ambulance crash with bus - Louisville

Thursday, October 23, 2014  By Erica Coghill

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —An ambulance and Jefferson County Public Schools bus collided Wednesday afternoon, sending two EMTs to the hospital.

The ambulance was responding to a crash and it collided with the bus at the  intersection of Dr. WJ Hodge and Main streets. 

The ambulance swerved to avoid the bus, but clipped it and flipped on its side.     

The two EMTs were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.    

No children were on the school bus.    

The bus driver was not hurt.



EMS crew members injured in crash with school bus - Louisville

Thursday, October 23, 2014  By Charles Gazaway

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Members of a Louisville Metro EMS crews were injured after an accident between their vehicle and a Jefferson County school bus at an intersection in the Portland neighborhood.

The crash happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday at Dr. W.J. Hodge and Main Streets.

The school bus, #0734, was not transporting students and the ambulance was on a run and did not have a patient on board.

According to Metro EMS Chief of Staff Kristin Miller, the ambulance was driving west bound on Main Street on a run for a motor vehicle accident with its lights and siren on. As the ambulance was going through the intersection the light changed. The bus was heading northbound.

Miller said the ambulance and bus clipped each other, the ambulance swerved and that is what caused the ambulance to flip on its side.

Witnesses ran over to help.

“The ambulance slides over and drags off hits that power pole and then it starts smoking up,” said witness Jalen Posey. “That bus hit that power pole right there that's when my mom came over and some other people tried to get the lady out of the ambulance because one of them was pregnant and I called the cops.”

Miller said the EMS crew was taken to the hospital to be checked out. The extent of injuries to the EMS crew is not known. The bus driver was not injured and was speaking with police following the crash. 



2 hurt after police chase of LAFD stolen ambulance

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  By Julie Cart
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — A man being treated by paramedics stole a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance and led police on a chase that ended in a traffic collision, sending two women to the hospital Sunday night.

Paramedics responded to a medical call in the 200 block of North San Pedro street in downtown L.A. about 6:30 p.m., and then the man drove off in the ambulance, according to the LAFD’s Katherine Main.

The paramedics were not in the ambulance at the time, Main said.

A fire engine also responding to the original call reported the stolen ambulance, Los Angeles police said.

Officers then began a pursuit that ended when the ambulance crashed into a vehicle at the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and  Union Avenue about 7:15,  according to Sgt. Gia Rueda of the LAPD.

Two women in the car were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Rueda said.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was taken into custody at the Rampart Station. 



No one injured in crash with ambulance - Maryland

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  EASTON — No one was injured in an accident involving an ambulance around 8 p.m. Sunday night at Dover and West streets in Easton, police said.

Police said Harvey Greenwald, 74, of New York, had stopped his minivan at the intersection of Dover Street and then headed across West Street.

A Talbot County Emergency Medical Services ambulance, which had just completed transportation and wasn’t carrying a patient, T-boned Greenwald’s vehicle as he drove across the street, police said.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Police said the van had functional damage and the ambulance had front end damage.

Although no injuries were apparent, the two emergency medical services workers, Marcus Flowers Jr., 57, of Fishing Creek, and Wylie Gray Jr., 55, of Cambridge, went to the emergency room afterward and were cleared.

Greenwald is charged with failing to yield the right of way.




One dead after ambulance, truck crash into car on the Northeast Side - San Antonio

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  By Mark Wilson

SAN ANTONIO — An ambulance was among three vehicles involved in a crash Thursday night that left one man dead on the Northeast Side.

According to the San Antonio Police Department, a Dodge Ram and Acadian ambulance had been headed west in the 6300 block of Rittiman Road just after 7 p.m. when a Toyota Corolla attempted a left turn across westbound lanes.

Police said the driver failed to yield the right of way to the vehicles and pulled out into their path.

Both the truck and ambulance crashed into the car in which Ross Goveia, 96, was a passenger.

Goveia was taken to the San Antonio Military Medical Center in critical condition following the accident.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later. 



3 hospitalized after ambulance crash in Newton - Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  NEWTON, Mass. (WHDH) -An ambulance carrying one patient and two paramedics was driving through Newton Tuesday afternoon when it crashed into a utility pole.

Police say all three people on board were taken to Beth Israel as a precaution for minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash happened just after 3 p.m. on Route 9 eastbound near Dudley Road. No other vehicles were involved.

One lane of the road was closed while crews worked to repair the damage. 




Wednesday, October 22, 2014  A man undergoing treatment for hallucination inside a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance in downtown Los Angeles stole the emergency vehicle Sunday night, forcing two firefighter paramedics to jump out and an engine company to pursue.  

The firefighters were treating a patient at about 7 p.m. at Alameda and 3rd streets, when he pulled out his IV and ran out of the ambulance. The man reappeared a short time later, jumped into the ambulance and began driving away. The two firefighter paramedics quickly jumped out.

As per protocol, the ambulance was left running. 

The engine company followed the ambulance until LAPD officers arrived and took over the pursuit. About five minutes later, the ambulance crashed into a minivan at Union Place and Beverly Boulevard in the Rampart area of Los Angeles. 

The two people in the minivan suffered minor injuries. No firefighters were injured or involved in the crash, fire officials said.

"Initially it didn't make sense at all to anybody that the fire department was chasing one of its own vehicles," LAPD Lt. Theresa Coyle said. "As it became clear, gratefully no one was seriously injured."

The male suspect was arrested and is expected to face felony evading and carjacking charges.  



Accident Involving Ambulance in Easton - Maryland

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  EASTON, Md.- Easton police say a New York man faces charges after an ambulance crashed into his minivan at an intersection.

Police said that at around 8 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to the intersection of Dover and West streets in reference to a motor vehicle accident. When officers arrived, police say they found a minivan with New York registration had been broadsided by a Talbot County EMS ambulance. Investigators said the minivan's driver, 74-year-old Harvey Greenwald, of New York, had stopped at the intersection then proceeded across West Street. It was then that the ambulance slammed into the side of the minivan, according to police. 

Authorities said the minivan sustained functional damage and the ambulance had front-end damage. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Police said that while no injuries were apparent, both EMS workers, 57-year-old Marcus Flowers Jr., of Fishing Creek, and 55-year-old Wylie Gray Jr., of Cambridge, went to Memorial Hospital at Easton afterwards to be cleared by the ER.

Police said the ambulance had just completed a transport at the hospital and there were no patients on board during the accident. 

Investigators said Greenwald was charged with "failing to yield to the right of way." 



Pedestrians manage to cheat death after being caught up in crash - China

Sunday, October 19, 2014  Two pedestrians have managed to survive a crash between an ambulance and a car that sent them airborne and flying across the road in China.

CCTV from the intersection shows the moment the ambulance runs through a red light before clipping the back of a car. 

The impact sends the car spinning out of control before it hurtles towards the two pedestrians who are attempting to cross the road. 

The impact flings the pair into the air before they come to a rest a metre or so away from the scene of the crash. 

Miraculously the pair only sustained minor fractures in the incident.




Ambulance, Fire Truck Collide in Montgomery County - Maryland

Friday, October 17, 2014  A Montgomery County firefighter was seriously injured when a fire truck and ambulance crashed into each other while responding to a hazardous materials situation Thursday afternoon.

The crash occurred at Parkland Drive and Aspen Hill Road in Rockville.

The fire truck and ambulance were coming from different stations.

Five firefighters were evaluated and released; two others were being treated. One is in serious condition.

The road is closed during the investigation. 



Non-emergency American Ambulance overturns on Turnpike - Florida

Friday, October 17, 2014   ORLANDO, Fla. —A non-emergency ambulance overturned on the Florida Turnpike Wednesday afternoon.

The American Ambulance, which is not an emergency medical services vehicle, overturned near mile marker 254 in Orlando around 2:46 p.m.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the ambulance was traveling southbound near State Road 528 when a mattress came loose from a vehicle in front of the ambulance.

Troopers said the ambulance driver drove over the mattress, causing the vehicle to overturn on the driver's side.

Orange County Fire Rescue officials said one patient was inside at the time of the crash and was transported by another non-emergency ambulance that was at the scene.

Non-emergency ambulances are used to transport patients between facilities, officials said.

The roadway has been cleared.



Omaha woman punches paramedic treating her after accident, faces felony assault charge

Wednesday, October 15, 2014  OMAHA, Nebraska — Omaha police have arrested a woman who they say punched a paramedic in the face at the scene of a traffic accident.

Police say the 25-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday and faces a charge of felony assault of a health-care worker. They say the suspect was being treated when she punched the Omaha Fire Department paramedic.

Officers used a stun gun on the woman before her arrest.

No other details about the crash or the altercation were released.

She is being held at the Douglas County jail. Online records didn't indicate bond. 



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