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Florida pedestrian hit by ambulance

Tuesday, September 30, 2014  TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 21-year-old southwest Florida pedestrian was seriously injured when she was struck by an ambulance.

Sheriff's officials say Kimberley Nicole Tate was crossing a Tampa street Sunday morning when she was hit by a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue ambulance. There is no signal or crosswalk at the location.

Authorities said the ambulance was on its way to a call and was flashing its lights and sirens. The ambulance had just slowed down as they approached the intersection and was braking before the crash. The two paramedics stopped and started rescue efforts on Tate.

She was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The paramedics were not injured in the crash. The accident remains under investigation. 



EMT hospitalized after Lowell ambulance crash - Massachusetts

Sunday, September 28, 2014  Reported by Dan Hausle 

An ambulance collided with another vehicle at an intersection in Lowell early Saturday morning.

Witnesses say the two vehicles collided at Fletcher and Broadway at around 1:30 a.m.

The ambulance ended up on its side and witnesses added that the two EMTs jumped out to go to the aid of the people in the other vehicle, possibly a couple of women and a child. 

The only person who ended up needing treatment was an EMT.

There is no indication if the ambulance was going to or from a scene, but police say that there was no patient inside at the time of the crash.

Police are still investigating the circumstances of the crash. The driver of the car was cited for a lane violation. 



Ambulance involved in fatal crash - Tennessee

Saturday, September 27, 2014  Posted by Maurice Miller 

An ambulance was involved in a deadly crash that claimed a woman's life in Madison early Saturday.

Teresa Guajardo, 46, died when her car collided with the ambulance and another vehicle on State Route 45 near Myatt Drive.

The wreck happened at about 2 a.m.  Police were on the scene for several hours.

Officers say Guajardo was traveling at a high rate of speed when the other vehicles slowed in front of her for a red light.

Guajardo was not wearing a seat belt, according to police.

No one else was seriously hurt.

The ambulance was not transporting a patient at the time of the crash.

Police say the investigation is ongoing. 



Ambulance hits 11-year-old girl in Prince George’s County - Maryland

Saturday, September 27, 2014  By Julie Zauzmer

An 11-year-old girl was hit by an ambulance in Prince George’s County on Friday.

The fire department said in a statement that witnesses reported that the child appeared to have stepped into the road from behind a Metro bus and walked into the side of the ambulance as it passed.

The girl was taken to a hospital by another ambulance. She complained of pain in her lower extremeties. Her injury was not considered life-threatening, the fire department said.

The crash happened about 5:15 p.m. at the intersection of Greenleaf Road and Romney Gourt in Landover. The driver of the ambulance underwent post-accident testing, including a urine analysis, as required by protocol. Mark Brady, a fire department spokesman, said that the driver had completed the testing and had not been charged with any crime.




NTSB: Pilot probably became disoriented in 2013 fatal crash of air ambulance in E. Ky.

Friday, September 26, 2014  BY BILL ESTEP

The crash of an air ambulance in Manchester last year that killed three crew members probably happened because the pilot became disoriented after unexpectedly flying into fog, a federal agency has determined.

The pilot likely made a maneuver that placed too much stress on the helicopter, which broke apart in flight, according to interviews and thereport from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The June 6 crash of the Air Evac Lifeteam flight killed pilot Eddy Sizemore, 61, who had been a longtime Laurel County sheriff's deputy; flight paramedic Herman "Lee" Dobbs, 40, of London; and flight nurse Jesse Jones, 28, of Pineville.

The crew members had taken a patient to St. Joseph Hospital in London and were returning to their base in Manchester when the helicopter crashed in a school parking lot about 750 feet from the helipad.

At two seconds after 11:15 p.m., the Air Evac control center recorded someone on the helicopter saying "no" and then nothing more.

The forecast was for weather conditions that would be clear enough for visual flight, but witnesses reported patches of fog had developed around the time of the crash, according to the NTSB report.

An updated forecast issued 10 minutes before the crash indicated fog or low clouds could develop, but Sizemore and his crew were in the air at that point.

An updated forecast issued 10 minutes before the crash indicated fog or low clouds could develop, but Sizemore and his crew were in the air at that point.

It is likely the helicopter encountered conditions that called for flying by instrument, which caused Sizemore to become disoriented, the report said.

With visual cues such as the ground or horizon obscured at night, the motion-sensing function of the inner ear can confuse a pilot, creating a "very compelling" illusion that an aircraft is turning when it isn't, the NTSB report said.

One of those so-called "vestibular illusions" is called the graveyard spiral.

A witness reported seeing the helicopter flying lower than normal and spinning before the crash, according to the report.

Data showed the helicopter descending in three right circuits near the landing pad. The flight path was consistent with an effort to avoid fog followed by a loss of control, the NTSB concluded.

Seth Myers, president of Missouri-based Air Evac Lifeteam, said if a pilot makes certain maneuvers because he or she feels the aircraft is turned the wrong way, it can place enough stress on the craft to cause it to break apart.

The wreckage of the helicopter Sizemore was flying, a Bell 206 L-1, showed the main rotor and tail boom separated from the cabin in the air, according to the NTSB.

The main rotor was 300 feet from the spot where the cabin hit and burst into flame, and the tail boom was in a separate spot 300 feet from the point of impact, the report said.

The NTSB looked at other possible causes of the crash, such as mechanical problems or impact with a power line, but said the probable cause was spatial disorientation.

he agency documents facts about air crashes and decides on the most likely cause. It issued its probable-cause findings on the helicopter crash this week.

Myers noted that Sizemore had thousands of hours of experience, and that patches of fog or low clouds were not predicted at the time of the crash.

Air Evac uses a point system to evaluate those risks. The flight that night was rated low risk, according to the NTSB.

"His judgment is not in question," Myers said of Sizemore. "This was an unfortunate situation that Eddy found himself in. You have seconds to make decisions."

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2 medics injured in hit-and-run involving city ambulance - Baltimore

Friday, September 26, 2014  By 

BALTIMORE —Baltimore City police are investigating a hit-and-run that involved an ambulance early Thursday morning.

Police said a car crashed into the ambulance around 3:15 a.m. at the corner of Falls Road and 42nd Street in the Hampden area of the city.

A car at the crash scene appeared to be disabled, so it's unclear if a third vehicle may have been involved or if the driver of the disabled car ran away. Police have released no other details, other than to say a person was arrested in the case.

Two medics inside the ambulance were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, officials said. It's unclear if anyone in the disabled car was injured.

Officials haven't said if the ambulance had its lights and sirens on at the time of the hit-and-run.

That section of Falls Road was closed for a few hours during the cleanup and investigation.

Stay with and 11 News for more details as they become available.



Detroit EMTs lured to fake emergency, robbed

Friday, September 26, 2014  DETROIT — A fake emergency led to first responders being targeted by thieves on Detroit's east side, police believe.

It started at the plaza on Crane Street near Gratiot Avenue when a woman dialed 911 claiming she had chest pains. An ambulance with two medics arrived. While both begin catering to the woman in the back of the rig, the man she was is said to have walked up to the front and began to steal whatever he can get his hands on.

He was able to get away with the emergency medical technician's cell phone before they figured out what was really going on and started chasing him.  



Woman Arrested for Crash with FM Ambulance - North Dakota

Wednesday, September 24, 2014  Fargo Police have arrested a woman who they say crashed into the back of an FM Ambulance early Tuesday morning.It happened around 2 a.m. at the intersection of 25th Street and 7th Avenue North.

KFGO is reporting that 22-year-old Miranda Pearson rear-ended the ambulance. Police say she had earlier fled an attempted traffic stop at speeds estimated around 60 miles per hour.

Pearson is facing charges of DUI, felony reckless endangerment and fleeing an officer.

Officers say she has minor injuries and the crew of the ambulance was taken to the hospital as a precaution. No patients were on board. 



Ambulance crash injures 5 in Caldwell County - Kentucky

Wednesday, September 24, 2014  By John Null

PRINCETON, KY -Kentucky State Police say an ambulance was involved in a collision in Caldwell County while transporting an injured teenager from a prior wreck.

According to a police report, 58-year-old Connie Beverly of Marion, Ky. applied her brakes as she topped a hill and a car in front of her came to a stop. Beverly's Chevrolet Cobalt swerved into the southbound lane and struck the ambulance, which was leaving the scene of the previous wreck. Beverly, the sole passenger in her car, was transported to Caldwell Medical Center for treatment.

Amber Woolsey, 17, of Fredonia, Ky. was the injured passenger from the previous wreck being transported in the ambulance. Woolsey was transported via ambulance to the Caldwell Medical Center before being flown to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana for treatment of injuries from the first collision.

The ambulance's driver, 27-year-old Jonathon Chewning of Princeton, Ky., as well as two ambulance personnel - Jennifer Beckett, 57 and Jason Key, 43 - were all transported to Caldwell Medical Center for treatment. Chewning was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, while Beckett and Key were in the back of the ambulance attending to Woolsey.

The wrecks occurred in the Dean Hill area, about six miles north of Princeton, Ky. KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says one victim from the initial wreck had to be extricated from their vehicle.

KYTC personnel set up at detour via KY 139 and 70 while the wreck was being cleared. 



Ambulance involved in crash on KY 91 - Kentucky

Wednesday, September 24, 2014  By James Long

CALDWELL COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, KY 91 was blocked at the 20 mile marker in Caldwell County due multiple crashes.

This is between Princeton and Fredonia in the Dean Hill area. One crash required a victim to be extricated from a vehicle.

As the victim was being transported, when the ambulance was involved in a collision with another vehicle.

The preliminary Kentucky State Police investigation shows that Connie Beverly, 58, of Marion, was driving a Chevrolet Cobalt northbound on KY 91.

Jonathon Chewning, 27, of Princeton, was driving an ambulance southbound on KY 91.

The ambulance was transporting a 17-year-old patient of Fredonia, who was involved in an earlier injury crash.

According to KSP, as Beverly topped a hill a vehicle in front of her came to a stop. Beverly applied her brakes and swerved into the southbound lane where her vehicle struck the ambulance.

Beverly was taken by ambulance to the Caldwell Medical Center for treatment. There were no passengers in her vehicle. She was wearing a seat belt.

Chewning and the other two ambulance personnel, Jennifer Beckett, 57, and Jason Key, 43, both of Princeton, were taken by ambulance to the Caldwell Medical Center for treatment. Chewning was wearing a seatbelt. 

Beckett and Key were in the back of the ambulance attending to the patient.

The 17-year-old was taken by ambulance to the Caldwell Medical Center then flown to Deaconess for treatment of injuries sustained in her previous collision.

Trooper Luis Palmer investigated the collision.

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Department, Caldwell County EMS, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet assisted at the scene. 



One Killed, Two Boston EMTs Injured In Crash Involving Ambulance

Wednesday, September 24, 2014  BOSTON (CBS) – One person was killed and two EMTs were injured during a Monday night crash involving an ambulance in Boston.

Boston police said on Tuesday that a crash involving a car and an ambulance happened at about 11:30 p.m. on Monday night at the intersection of Beacon Street and Fairfield Street.

The driver of the car was transported to Boston Medical Center, and pronounced dead there.

In addition, two paramedics were transported to an area hospital and treated for injuries.

There was no update available on the severity of their injuries. 



1 Dead After Ambulance Collision on Route 250 in Marion County - West Virginia

Tuesday, September 23, 2014  Route 250 in Marion County closed for several hours Monday afternoon following a fatal two vehicle accident.

First responders were dispatched at approximately 1:14 p.m. to a report of a crash involving a Jeep with Pennsylvania license plates and an ambulance near the Barrackville intersection of Route 250.  Four Marion County Rescue Squad employees onboard the ambulance were injured while transporting a patient.    

Two people were transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital and two were transported to Fairmont Regional Medical Center, according to the Marion County Rescue Squad.  All four MCRS employees having varying severity of injuries but are in stable condition, said the Marion County Sheriff's Department.  A patient in the ambulance died in the incident, although a medical examiner will determine the patient's cause of death, said the Marion County Sheriff's Department  No one in the Jeep was injured.  Both vehicles were traveling towards Fairmont on the Husky Highway and the Jeep driver didn't hear the ambulance behind it.  The accident happened when the Jeep attempted to turn onto Barrackville Road and the ambulance traveled off of the road and landed upside down in a nearby creek.  No charges will be filed against the driver of the Jeep, said the Marion County Sheriff's Department.

The Marion County Sheriff's Department and West Virginia State Police are investigating and reconstructing the crash.  

The Division of Transportation was at the scene assessing guardrail damage following the crash.  The Husky Highway at Hillcrest, Hampton Road, Pike Street, and Smith Road were closed following the accident.

"The Marion County Rescue Squad wishes to extend out heartfelt sympathies to all involved, as well as their families.  We extend our appreciation to all who assisted at the scene, to include the Barrackville, Farmington, and Fairmont Fire Departments, Monongalia EMS, Harrison & Taylor Emergency Squads, Marion County Homeland Security Director Chris McIntire and HealthNet AeroMedical Services,", said MCRS Chief of Operations Michael Angelucci. 



Man charged in collision with ambulance in Hoke County - North Carolina

Tuesday, September 23, 2014  RAEFORD - One person was charged after a crash involving an emergency vehicle on a country road Sunday afternoon in Hoke County.

Vester Sasser, 32, of the 1500 block of Red Springs Road in Raeford, was charged with failure to see before turning from a direct line in a passing zone. He allegedly made a left turn from Red Springs Road into his driveway, while an ambulance tried to pass him, according to state Highway Patrol.

There were no patients in the back of the ambulance, said Trooper S.A. Locklear. The driver and passenger of the ambulance were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries, he said.

Lights, siren

The ambulance was traveling eastbound on Red Springs Road, also known as N.C. 211, to respond to an emergency call around 4:37 p.m. The ambulance had his lights and siren activated, Locklear said.

The ambulance was traveling at 55 mph, which is the speed limit on that road, Locklear said. The area is about 1 mile east of Raeford, he said.

As the ambulance approached the Toyota Tundra driven by Sasser to pass it, he turned left. The ambulance struck the side of the truck.

Hoke County communications dispatched another ambulance to respond to the original emergency call, Locklear said.

- Amanda Dolasinski 



Patient Dies In Marion County Crash Involving Ambulance, Vehicle - West Virginia

Tuesday, September 23, 2014  By Jeffrey Morris

BARRACKVILLE, W.Va. – One person died and several people were injured in Marion County after an ambulance and a Jeep crashed, plunging the ambulance over an embankment into a creek.

A spokeswoman for Marion County 911 said the accident happened about 1 p.m. Monday on Route 250 at the intersection of Husky Highway and Pike Street. At about 4 p.m., Route 250 remained shut down from Hampton Road all the way to Hillcrest Road.

The patient in the ambulance died in the accident, 911 said. One woman rescue squad member was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital. Several other people were taken to Fairmont Regional Medical Center by ground transport. Their conditions were unavailable.

Multiple law enforcement and rescue units from Marion, Harrison, Taylor and Monongalia counties responded to the wreck along with the state Division of Natural Resources and the Division of Highways.  



CoxHealth ambulance crashes, hospital says everybody 'fine' - Missouri

Sunday, September 21, 2014  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -CoxHealth says everyone is fine after one of its ambulances was involved in a crash in southeast Springfield.  Springfield police say the crash involved the ambulance and another vehicleat the intersection of National Avenue at Primrose Street about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

CoxHealth would not say how many people were involved in the crash.  Springfield police did not have the information available.




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