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Ambulance, SUV collide; five people injured in city - South Dakota

Saturday, April 19, 2014  By John Reynolds
Staff Writer 

An ambulance carrying a woman critically injured in a traffic accident on South Dirksen Parkway was involved in a second crash Friday about a block away at Clear Lake Avenue.A total of five people were injured in the two crashes, including a Springfield firefighter. The two injuries from the initial wreck, which did not involve the firefighter, were described by authorities as life-threatening.“The patient in the ambulance (involved in the crash) was in traumatic arrest,” Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin said. “They were performing CPR on that patient when they were hit at the intersection.”The first crash occurred about 5:15 p.m. when a woman who was westbound on Niccolls Road pulled out in front of a pickup truck that was heading north on Dirksen. The pickup’s driver tried to stop but struck the other vehicle on the driver’s side, said Lt. Bill Neale of the Springfield Police Department.There was a female passenger in the woman’s vehicle.“The driver was in the worst shape. She had to be extricated,” Neale said.The driver of the pickup truck did not appear to be seriously injured.Springfield police officers were blocking southbound Dirksen when the second crash occurred about 5:40 p.m.“The ambulance had all of its emergency equipment, its lights, siren and air horn, on,” Neale said. “From the officer’s opinion, all of the traffic was stopped as the ambulance entered the intersection. A vehicle traveling west on Clear Lake came through the light, and the ambulance struck it.”The vehicle that collided with the Medics First ambulance was an SUV that rolled over. At least one person was extricated from the SUV by firefighters and taken to Memorial Medical Center.“The vehicle, they believe, probably had the green light, but everybody else heard and saw the ambulance and were yielding when he came through,” Neale said. “The initial indication is that the at-fault vehicle is going to be the westbound (SUV).”Fustin said the injured firefighter was treated at St. John’s Hospital and released. He described the injuries to the two other people — a nurse and the SUV’s driver — at the second accident scene as not serious.The glare from the setting sun could have been a factor in the second crash, Neale said.None of the names of the injured were available Friday evening.Contact John Reynolds:, 788-1524,

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Crash on Lititz Pike leaves ambulance overturned - Pennsylvania

Friday, April 18, 2014  LANCASTER, Pa. -- A crash on Lititz Pike caused an ambulance to overturn on Wednesday morning. Emergency crews are on the scene. There have been no reported injuries



Driver charged with DUI after crashing into ambulance - Kentucky

Wednesday, April 16, 2014  By Charles Gazaway

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville man is facing DUI charges after he crashed into an ambulance. Dennis F. Humphrey, Jr., 41, of the Germantown neighborhood, was arrested April 14.

The accident happened at the intersection of S. Preston Street and E. Breckinridge at 9:23 p.m. and involved an ambulance from Bullitt County.

The arrest report says Humphrey and the front seat passenger originally told officers that another person who they did not know was driving the car. Another passenger told police Humphrey was driving.

Officers said Humphrey smelled strongly of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet. Police also said Humphrey's injuries were consistent with a front end crash.

After treatment Humphrey was booked into Louisville Metro Corrections. He is charged of operating a motor vehicle under the influence an failure to maintain insurance. 



Man arrested after crashing into an ambulance - Kentucky

Wednesday, April 16, 2014  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - A man has been arrested after a car crash involving an ambulance.

Officers said Dennis Humphrey crashed into an ambulance the evening of April 14. The accident took place at the intersection of S. Preston Street and E. Breckinridge.

When police arrived on the scene, they said that he smelled of alcohol. Humphrey is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence and failure to maintain insurance. 



Hydroplaning ambulance flips on Highway 385 - Tennessee

Tuesday, April 15, 2014  MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) - An ambulance flipped over from the eastbound lane on Highway 385 near Ridgeway Road. The accident happened early Monday morning.According to Lt. Martin Boldt with Memphis Police Department, the ambulance hydroplaned off of the road. The accident was weather-related.

At least one paramedic was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in non-critical condition.

According to Lt. Boldt, the paramedics will be issued a ticket. 



Idaho man who crashed into ambulance on the run

Tuesday, April 15, 2014  BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A man who Idaho State Police says crashed into an ambulance last October is on the run.

ISP says it's looking for Samuel John McCartney, 36, of Twin Falls, who was charged with inattentive driving in Adams County after the car he was driving collided head-on with a Council Ambulance Oct. 22. 

That crash seriously injured two EMTs that were treating a patient in the back of the ambulance at the time of the crash and injured the driver of the ambulance, as well as, the patient. 

McCartney appeared at his arraignment in Third District Court in February but failed to appear for a scheduled pretrial conference in court on March 27. 

Anyone with information on the location of McCartney is asked to call Idaho State Police at (208) 884-7360.  



Driver runs red light in south Phoenix, tips over ambulance

Monday, April 14, 2014  PHOENIX -- A red light runner crashed into a Phoenix Fire Department ambulance early Sunday morning and caused it to tip over.

ABC 15 reports the driver who ran the red light at a speed of almost 70 mph was taken to a hospital and was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol. The driver suffered a broken leg in the crash. Two passengers were in the vehicle, but both refused medical treatment.

The T-bone crash happened at the intersection of 7th Street and Broadway Road in south Phoenix at around 2:30 a.m.

The ambulance was going eastbound and was in the process of taking a female patient to a hospital.

Three firefighters and the patient inside the ambulance were transported to a hospital, and all are expected to be OK, reportedly suffering only bruises.

The intersection has been reopened as of late Sunday morning. 



Four injured in crash involving Phoenix Fire Dept. ambulance

Monday, April 14, 2014  By Brian Pryor

Two paramedics and a heart patient were traveling to the hospital overnight when an impaired driver ran a red light, hitting the ambulance, and it on its side.

Police say the crash happened after 2:30 a.m. Sunday near seventh St & Broadway.

"From what the witnesses are saying he was going 60 to 70 miles an hour so were still trying to investigate that but that's what the witnesses are telling us," said Lt. Ed DeCastro with the Phoenix Police Department.'

The driver of the car that ran the red light also was taken to the hospital.

Investigators believe he was impaired and plan to charge the man once he is released from the hospital.



Accident involving ambulance sends one to the hospital - New York

Sunday, April 13, 2014  By Adam Francis, News 4 Assignment Desk

OLEAN, N.Y. (WIVB) – Olean Police say the driver of a pick-up truck has been hospitalized after a crash involving an ambulance in the City of Olean.

The pick-up truck was traveling north on the Southern Tier Expressway and then exited onto Route 16. According to police, the pick-up blew through the stop sign at the end of the off-ramp and struck an ambulance that had the right of way on Route 16.

The driver of the pick-up was taken to Olean General Hospital. No charges have been filed at this time. 



Medical helicopter crashes on roof of N.M. hospital - New Mexico

Sunday, April 13, 2014  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Investigators are trying to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center. Officials said all three people aboard escaped serious injury.

The male pilot was reported in satisfactory condition and the two crew members, a man and a woman, were under observation after the crash at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, authorities said. No further information was available on their conditions.

No patients were aboard the chopper when it went down during takeoff Wednesday. 



One injured in crash involving ambulance - Texas

Sunday, April 13, 2014  By Brad Kellar

One person was injured this morning in an accident involving a car and an American Medical Response ambulance.

The ambulance was flipped during the crash at the intersection of Joe Ramsey Boulevard and Wesley Street at around 8:45 a.m. today.

A Kia Sportage was reportedly proceeding westbound on Joe Ramsey when it struck the side of the ambulance, which was headed northbound on Wesley while responding to a call. The ambulance was not carrying a patient at the time.

The paramedics inside the ambulance were not hut. The driver of the Sportage was transported in unknown condition to the Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville. 



One injured in ambulance rollover accident - Texas

Sunday, April 13, 2014  GREENVILLE, TX -- One person was injured when an SUV struck a Hunt County ambulance in Greenville this morning.

Greenville PIO Autumn Barton says around 9 a.m. the ambulance was headed northbound on Wesley Street enroute to a call, when an SUV, heading westbound on Joe Ramsey Boulevard, struck the side of the ambulance, flipping the ambulance on its side.

The paramedics inside the ambulance suffered minor injuries and were not taken to the hospital. While the driver of the SUV, an 82-year-old male from Quinlan, received injuries and was transported by a second ambulance to Hunt Regional Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition.

The ambulance was not carrying a patient at the time of the accident. 



Car slams into back of ambulance responding on North Freeway - Houston

Monday, April 7, 2014  HOUSTON – As crews responded to another accident on the North Freeway a driver slammed into the back of an ambulance Friday night.

According to the Houston Police Department, a car slammed into a light pole on the side of the freeway by the Northville exit around 10 p.m. The two men inside the car were taken to the hospital and are in serious condition.

As medics were helping them, they said a man rammed into the back of their ambulance.

No one was in there at the time, and no one else was hurt. 



Ambulance involved in 4 vehicle wreck - North Carolina

Monday, April 7, 2014  By Kasey Cunningham

LELAND, NC (WECT) - An ambulance was involved in a four vehicle car crash Saturday in Leland.

The crash happened on River Road near Egret Nest Circle.

According to Highway Patrol officers, a white van ran off the road on the right hand side of the road, the van then reportedly side swiped a red Subaru and rear-ended a Volkswagen.

According to officers, after that the van hit an ambulance head on.

The driver of the van and a passenger in that vehicle were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the van was charged with failure to reduce speed. More charges are pending. 



2 injured in HFD ambulance accident

Monday, April 7, 2014  By Craig Hlavaty Two people were injured when a Houston Fire Department ambulance was involved in a roll-over accident Saturday morning. 

The  two-vehicle accident happened just after 11 a.m. near the 2600 block of Hamilton and McGowen near Midtown.

According to HFD officials, a car struck the ambulance, which was not transporting any patients at the time. 

According to HFD spokesman Capt. Ruy Lozano, the driver of the ambulance, who needed to be extricated, and the driver of the civilian vehicle were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital for their injuries.

Their injuries are not considered life threatening. 



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