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Two injured in East Bridgewater accident involving ambulance - Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 27, 2014  By Maria Papadopoulos 

EAST BRIDGEWATER - Two drivers suffered minor injuries during a three-vehicle accident involving an ambulance that had been transporting a patient to a local hospital, police said. The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. at West and Spring streets, said police Sgt. Mike McLaughlin. A preliminary investigation found that the driver of ambulance, which had its emergency lights flashing, was on Spring Street and about to turn onto Route 106, or West Street, when a female driver traveling eastbound on Route 106 took a left turn in front of another car traveling westbound on Route 106, McLaughlin said. The impact between the two cars pushed the car traveling eastbound into the ambulance, he said.Both car drivers were sent to a hospital with minor injuries, McLaughlin said. There was minor damage to the ambulance, and the ambulance attendants suffered no injuries.Other ambulances responded to the scene to transport the injured and the patient inside the ambulance to a local hospital.Police are continuing their investigation. 



Odessa Fire/Rescue ambulance involved in accident - Texas

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  BY JARED WILSON

An ambulance in the Odessa Fire and Rescue’s fleet was involved in a two vehicle collision Monday afternoon on University Boulevard near JBS Parkway.

Cpl. Steve LeSueur, spokesman with the Odessa Police Department, said that at about 5:15 p.m. Monday an ambulance with lights and sirens activated was headed to a minor accident in the 4900 block of University Boulevard.

The driver of a Ford Mustang reportedly made an illegal U-turn in the 4500 block of east University Boulevard and collided with the ambulance, LeSueur said.

Sgt. Jon Foust with OPD said on scene that there were no injuries as a result of the accident.

The driver of the Mustang, who was not identified, was cited for failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle. 



Car Crashes Head-on Into Ambulance Near Hospital - Philadelphia

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  By Dan Stamm

Investigators say a driver trying to avoid traffic slammed into a Philadelphia ambulance overnight.

The crash caused part of N Board Street near Temple University Hospital to be closed near Tioga Street in North Philadelphia.

According to police on the scene, a Medic 25 ambulance was driving southbound when a car pulled out in front of it around 2:45 a.m. Investigators said it appeared the driver of the northbound car was speeding went he in the southbound lanes to avoid stopped traffic in the northbound lanes.

The driver of the car suffered head injuries and was rushed to nearby Temple University Hospital in critical condition. No medics were hurt and a patient in the back of the ambulance didn't suffer further injuries.

The crash left the roadway closed for nearly two hours.

This crash came a day after six people were hurt in a three-vehicle crash involving an ambulance in the city’s East Mount Airy neighborhood.



Brownsville man jailed after attacking paramedic - Texas

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  A Brownsville man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly attacked a paramedic inside the emergency room of a local hospital.

Brownsville police arrested Edward Raul Gonzalez on an assault of a public servant charge on Thursday.

Investigators told Action 4 News that officers were called to the Valley Baptist Medical Center for an assault.

Police learned that Gonzalez was banging on a hallway door inside the emergency room.

The paramedic opened the door and Gonzalez allegedly lunged at the paramedic and punched him in the face.

A motive for the attack was not clear but security guards and other hospital personnel were able to subdue Gonzalez until police arrived.

Gonzalez appeared before a Brownsville Municipal Court judge where he was issued a $10,000 dollar bond. 



Teen struck, killed by ambulance just started high school - Kentucky

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  A teenager who was struck and killed by an ambulance in Knox County, Ky., had just started his freshman year of high school.

Principal Anthony Pennington of Lynn Camp High School confirmed that Samson Callender, 14,was killed on US 25 near Corbin Saturday night.

The ambulance hit Callender and two other teens while they were riding their bikes on the median. Kentucky State Police said the ambulance was driving a patient to the hospital when it went off the road and hit the three victims.

Officials pronounced Callender dead at the scene; crews took the other two victims to Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin, Ky.

Pennington said that Callender was a big fan of basketball, and planned to try out for the basketball team this year.

"I remember talking to him at the game last week. He came to the football game and the high school game. He enjoyed supporting our wildcat teams and going to games and talking with others. It was all a part of his outgoing personality," said Pennington.

Counselors from around the district came into the high school Monday to offer care to teachers and students.

Callender and his family moved to town within the last two years from Minnesota.

Pennington said the school plans to hold a dedication for Samson. He will reach out to students and teachers to see what they feel would best honor their late friend. 



Woman seeks more than $1M for injuries after crash with ambulance - Texas

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  By KELLY HOLLERAN
A woman has filed suit against the ambulance driver she claims struck her as she was walking on the side of the road.

Crystal Tigner filed suit July 25 in the Jefferson County District Court against Acadian Ambulance Service Inc. and Tiffany Euton. 

According to the complaint, Tigner was walking on the shoulder of the 5000 block of Highway 69 in Port Arthur on June 9, when defendant Euton, who was driving an ambulance for defendant Acadian Ambulance Service, struck her.

Because of the incident, Tigner suffered physical pain and mental anguish, endured physical impairment and disfigurement and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint.

She also suffered very painful and disabling injuries that caused her to lose wages, the suit states.

Tigner accuses Euton of negligence, saying she failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to turn to the right or left to avoid a collision, drove too fast, drove in a reckless manner, failed to obey applicable traffic signals and violated provisions in Texas law.

Tigner is seeking actual, compensatory and exemplary damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs, attorneys’ fees and other relief the court deems just.

She is being represented by attorneys Brian Beckcom and Byron C. Alfred of Vujasinovic and Beckcom in Houston. 




Thursday, August 21, 2014  By David Henry

Six people are hospitalized after an ambulance carrying a patient crashed in East Mount Airy. 

It happened after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Chew Avenue and Washington Lane, when a private ambulance collided with two other vehicles.

The ambulance ended up on the sidewalk with an SUV, hitting the side of a laundromat with two apartments above it. 

Witnesses said the ambulance had its siren and lights on as it approached the intersection.

They say the SUV pulled around a red Chevrolet that was stopped, and right into the path of the ambulance.

Witnesses say the patient in the ambulance appeared pretty banged up when he was taken out.

Six people, including that patient, were rushed to the hospital.

The other people injured included the ambulance driver and paramedic, the driver of the SUV and the woman and her passenger in the red Chevy.

The woman's son, Antonio Deshields, said she was taking his younger brother to high school orientation when it happened. 

Police said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

The impact of the crash shook up the residents who live in the two apartments above the laundromat.

The laundromat and the building it's attached to have been condemned by inspectors from Philadelphia Licenses and Inspections.

The gas line was ruptured and a major support beam has been severely damaged.

That means the residents of the two apartments upstairs cannot return to their homes until it's repaired.

Accident investigators were on the scene for more than three and a half hours after the accident happened. 

It will be some time before they determine if anyone will be facing charges. 



Ambulance, SUV Crash Into Laundromat, 6 Hurt - Philadelphia

Thursday, August 21, 2014  By Dan Stamm

An ambulance rushing a person to the hospital collided with a sports utility vehicle this morning causing a busy intersection to close for hours and leaving six people hurt.

The two vehicles crashed into one another at Chew Avenue and Washington Lane in Philadelphia’s East Mount Airy neighborhood around 8:40 a.m. then collided with a parked car before coming to rest against a laundromat and ATM.

The ambulance was transporting a patient down Chew at the time its sirens blaring and lights flashing, according to police. Investigators said it appeared the ambulance went through a red light and struck the SUV.

"There was a guy in the ambulance," said witness Bernard Gibbs.

The patient was already suffering from serious injuries at the time and was transported to the hospital.

Two people in the parked car, two medics and the driver of the SUV all suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to investigators.

The force of the wreck pushed the vehicles onto the sidewalk -- taking out a mailbox -- before crashing into the building.

Crews closed the intersection as they investigated.

Licenses and Inspections, Philadelphia Gas Works and other investigators rushed to the scene to determine what exactly happened and when the laundromat could reopen.



Fatal ambulance crash on Floral Park Road in Prince George's County - Maryland

Thursday, August 21, 2014  BRANDYWINE, Md. (WJLA) - A private ambulance crashed into a telephone pole and a tree early Tuesday morning, killing the driver.

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The crash occurred just after 2 a.m. Tuesday morning along the 4900 block of Floral Park Road in Brandywine, Md. The male driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prince George's County officials have closed that stretch of Floral Park Road while authorities investigate.



3 injured in Rochelle Park Jeep, ambulance crash - New York

Thursday, August 21, 2014  Posted by: Jerry DeMarco

A Jeep occupant and two ambulance EMTs were taken to the hospital after a crash this afternoon on Essex Street in Rochelle Park near the Route 17 overpass.

The Jeep Liberty apparently t-boned the CarePlus ambulance, knocking it on its side, around 1:10 p.m., an emergency responder told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.

The extent of the female Jeep occupant’s injuries couldn’t immediately be determined.

Two EMTs who were in the rig were taken to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood — one with arm and shoulder injuries. Their injuries were characterized as minor.

No patients were aboard.

The site of the crash initially was reported as Lodi.

Because of construction obstacles, Lodi emergency personnel arrived first, quickly followed by Rochelle Park.



6 Injured In Ambulance, SUV Crash In Philadelphia

Thursday, August 21, 2014  By Steve Beck

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Six people were injured, one critically, during a three-vehicle crash that involved an ambulance in Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

The crash happened at about 8:30 a.m. at Chew Avenue and Washington Lane in Northwest Philadelphia.

Chopper 3 HD was over the scene shortly after the crash where it showed both the ambulance and the SUV on the sidewalk in front of a laundromat business. A third vehicle was also involved in the crash.

Authorities say a total of six people were taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center for treatment of various injuries. One of the injured was listed in critical condition.

The laundromat was not damaged in the crash, but it has been temporarily shut down while Philadelphia Gas Works crews check for possible gas leaks and the building’s stability is evaluated.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 



Ambulance crash hurts three - New York

Thursday, August 21, 2014  By REBECCA ISENHART
Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — Two Niskayuna Fire District 1 paramedics were responding to a call when a car collided with their ambulance the evening of Aug. 12.

“They were struck by another car,” said Fire Chief Dale Lingenfelter. “They had their lights and sirens on.”

The accident occurred around 8 p.m. at the corner of Balltown Road and Union Street, a short distance from the fire station.

The driver of the car was issued a ticket, Lingenfelter said.

The paramedics, Joe Congdon and Shannon Powers, were taken to a hospital for observation and released shortly afterward. Lingenfelter was unable to comment on the condition of the other driver.

“She was treated and transported by another one of our ambulances,” he said.

The ambulance is being evaluated for repairs, and the chief said he was unsure of its current condition.

Though it’s unusual for his fire district to deal with an ambulance accident, Lingenfelter said it’s a common problem in the profession. 



Troopers: Ambulance driver distracted before fatal crash - Ohio

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  MANSFIELD, Ohio-The FOX 8 I-Team has learned that an ambulance driver has admitted to investigators that she was using the GPS on her phone, at the time of a deadly crash.

The accident happened on Friday night, when a Community Care Ambulance transporting 56-year-old Michael Willis from University Hospitals to a Columbus hospital, veered off I-71 South near the Route 13 exit outside Mansfield, crashed through a guardrail, careened down an embankment and then rolled over several times.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says Michael Willis was ejected from the ambulance and thrown a considerable distance. The Richland County coroner says Willis died from blunt force trauma to his body.

The driver of the ambulance, 30-year-old Amber Brown of Cleveland, and EMT James Phillips of Garfield Heights, were treated for their injuries and released.

Investigators say when Amber Brown was questioned by troopers, she admitted that she was distracted at the time of the deadly crash. Lt. Chad Enderby told the I-Team, “she was looking at a GPS device, stated that she was attempting to get their time of arrival in Columbus, when she drifted off the right side of the roadway.”

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says Amber Brown’s phone has been seized by investigators, who will now try to determine if it was also being used for texting or a phone call at the time of the accident. “We will send that to our computer crime unit in Columbus and they will analyze that, and verify if that statement is true,” said Lt. Enderby.

Investigators are also checking the vehicle’s on-board computer, to try and establish how fast it was traveling at the time of the crash.

Community Care Ambulance, based in Ashtabula, issued a statement on Saturday that reads, “we want to express our sorrow and sadness about the situation. We are doing everything we can to cooperate.” 



Air ambulance that crashed was vital to Grand Manan, N.B., community - Canada

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  By KALEIGH ROGERS

A pilot and paramedic who were killed in an air ambulance crash Saturday were part of an emergency safety net so vital for the island of Grand Manan, N.B., that it helped shape the community.

Pilot Klaus Sonnenberg and paramedic William Mallock were killed Saturday when the Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft they were travelling in crashed near the runway of the island’s airport. They were returning to Grand Manan, a small island located in the Bay of Fundy, after dropping off a patient at the Saint John Regional Hospital. It was a trip both men had done hundreds of times, saving countless lives and creating a lifeline that made the islanders feel more connected and safe.

“He has saved a lot of lives. There’s a lot of people coming forward and saying ‘I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Klaus,” said Dennis Greene, mayor of the community of just fewer than 2,400 people.

When the plane went down, the two men were travelling with another pilot and a registered nurse, both of whom are currently being treated at the Saint John Regional Hospital and are in stable condition.

The island has a small hospital, but in certain emergency situations, patients need to be airlifted to the larger Saint John Regional Hospital on the mainland. Though the island is serviced through Ambulance New Brunswick, there are no planes stationed on Grand Manan and often, according to Mr. Greene, planes struggle to land when trying to access patients due to weather and the island’s size. Mr. Sonnenberg was the owner of Atlantic Charters, which was located on the island and held a contract with Ambulance New Brunswick to shuttle patients who needed emergency care. He was usually accompanied by at least one paramedic on these trips and could deliver patients to Saint John in less than an hour.

Mr. Greene described the service as a “critical” safety net that not only brought peace of mind to the community, but helped shape its very makeup.

“We’ve had many people who have retired and come to Grand Manan and the main reason that they came is they looked at the health-care system and they looked at [the fact that] if something goes wrong, Atlantic Charters can get us to the hospital,” he said, adding the time it takes Atlantic Charters to fly a patient to Saint John is comparable to the driving time for many communities on the mainland.

“With that air service, we don’t feel isolated.”

Mr. Sonnenberg’s wife’s brother and parents are now tasked with organizing the service for the pilot as they grapple with the loss; the island has just one small funeral home, operated by Mr. Sonnenberg’s in-laws.

Mr. Sonnenberg moved to the island in 1982 from Halifax, where he worked as a Fisheries officer. He started the charter business immediately, first with water planes that would launch off of the beach. Eventually, in 1990, he switched to land-based aircraft that flew out of the island’s newly opened airport. His LinkedIn profile lists a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology earned at the University of Idaho, completed in 1968.

As news of Mr. Sonnenberg and Mr. Mallock’s deaths reached across the 24-kilometre-long island over the weekend, the tight-knit community reflected on the contribution both men had made.

Many members of Rhonda Boynton’s family have been flown to the regional hospital through Atlantic Charters over the years, including herself when she was giving birth. Her husband is a cousin of Mr. Mallock, and she has known Mr. Sonnenberg’s wife since high school. Like so many on the island, she has a deep connection to both men.

“There is no way to describe how everybody feels. I know tragedy happens everywhere everyday but it just seems [worse] when you’re in a small, tight-knit place,” she said. Ms. Boynton said many people likely would have lost their lives over the years if the charter service hadn’t been there to rush them to the hospital. Mr. Sonnenberg was on call 24/7, she said.

“He was there for Grand Manan for many, many years, even up late at night. Anytime you needed his service he was there. He would never say no.”

Both Mr. Sonnenberg and Mr. Mallock were married with children. Mr. Mallock’s son is an X-ray technician, and a daughter followed in his footsteps and became an EMT. Mr. Sonnenberg’s two sons are both pilots – one of whom, Peter, works for the charter service and locals expect he will take over the family business in time.

For now, the New Brunswick government has assured Grand Manan it will get the ambulance service it needs. Ted Flemming, the province’s Minister of Health tweeted Sunday that Ambulance New Brunswick will post its air ambulance plane in Saint John when not in use, in order to be closer to the island. 



Veteran paramedic, pilot killed in N.B. air ambulance crash - Canada

Sunday, August 17, 2014  Emily Chan, 

A paramedic and a pilot are dead after a chartered plane crash on Grand Manan Island, N.B.

The plane crashed at about 5 a.m. Saturday morning, Ambulance New Brunswick said Saturday in a news release. The plane hit the ground in a grassy area, metres from the landing strip at the Grand Manan airport.

A second pilot and nurse from the Grand Manan hospital survived the crash. There were no injuries to anyone on the ground, and there was no patient on board the plane.

The paramedic has been identified as William Mallock, who was on duty at the time of the crash. Mallock had nearly 20 years of experience as a paramedic.

The pilot who died has been identified as Atlantic Charters company president Klaus Sonnenberg. In his profile on LinkedIn, Sonnenberg listed himself as the owner of Atlantic Charters since 1982.

The names of the other plane passenger and pilot have not yet been released.

Mallock, Sonnenberg, the nurse, and the other pilot were returning to Grand Manan after a trip to Saint John Regional Hospital following a patient drop off.

Grand Manan has a population of about 2,000 people. Community members told CTV Atlantic that the whole island is in mourning after the fatal crash.

In a statement released on Saturday evening, Ambulance New Brunswick offered their thoughts and prayers to the families, friends and colleagues of “those whose lives were lost.”

“William, or Billy as he was known by his friends, and the pilot lost their lives serving the public and helping patients,” Paul Ward, interim president at Ambulance New Brunswick, said in the statement. “We also want to express our sympathies and the hope for a speedy and complete recovery to the two others that suffered injuries in the accident."

Atlantic Charters released a statement Sunday morning, also extending thoughts and prayers to the injured and sympathy to Mallock's family. The company also asked for space.

"We are asking for your respect to give our community, company, and family time to heal," the statement said.

The plane has been identified as a Piper Navajo (PA31). According to the Atlantic Charters website, the model can travel a maximum of 340 kilometres per hour and its standard tasks include medevac flights.

It is still too early to determine the cause of the crash, Ambulance New Brunswick said. RCMP blocked the site off from media Saturday and sent a chopper to review the scene.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said it was sending a team of investigators to the scene.



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