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Three injured when Allina ambulance rolls in downtown Minneapolis crash

Friday, February 12, 2016  Three people were injured Wednesday night after a vehicle crashed into an Allina ambulance, causing the rig to roll in downtown Minneapolis.

Two paramedics and a driver were injured Wednesday night after a vehicle crashed into an Allina ambulance, causing the rig to roll in downtown Minneapolis.

Just after 8 p.m., police responded to the crash near East 14th Street and Portland Avenue, where a car had struck a moving ambulance. The ambulance was not on a service call at the time and did not have a patient on board, said Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder.

The rig rolled on impact and struck a minivan with three occupants, who were uninjured. The two paramedics were taken to Abbot Northwestern Hospital, and the person in the passenger vehicle was brought to Hennepin County Medical Center, said Allina spokesman Tim Burke. All three were released from the hospital later the same night.

The cause of the crash is unknown, but Elder said alcohol does not appear to be a factor. Police are investigating.

Liz Sawyer and Ben Farniok




Ambulance taking patient to hospital flips over in Lake County; no one seriously hurt - Ohio

Friday, February 12, 2016  LAKE COUNTY, Ohio– An ambulance flipped over while taking a patient to Geneva Hospital at around 10:30 Tuesday night.

It happened on Route 20, east of County Line Road in Geneva.

According to Madison fire, the ambulance was taking a male patient to the hospital when they encountered ruts in the road. The driver overcompensated, causing the ambulance to flip over. No one was seriously hurt.

The medics were treated at a local hospital and released. The patient was later transferred to Geneva Hospital, where he was originally being taken.

The fire chief says the roads were in bad shape at the time. 



Five injured in ambulance, car crash - Ohio

Thursday, February 11, 2016  LANCASTER - Five people were injured in a Wednesday crash involving an ambulance and a Toyota Camry on Ohio 37 at Red Bud Lane, at the top of the hill overlooking Rising Park.

The crash was reported around 4:45 p.m. Police said the car came around the curve southbound, lost control and slid into the ambulance owned by Portsmouth Ambulance. Officer Matt Poffenbarder said the Toyota driver said he slid on the icy road, causing him to slam into the ambulance.

Three people were in the car and two medics were in the ambulance, Poffenbarder said. He said all were conscious when rescue workers arrived. Four of the victims were taken to Fairfield Medical Center and the fifth was expected to be flown to a Columbus hospital.

The names of the injured were not yet available.

Police blocked Granville Pike near the Fairfield County Fairgrounds while officials tended to the scene. The road also was blocked just past the crash site. 



EMT dies after being crushed by vehicle rack holding ambulance - Louisiana

Thursday, February 11, 2016  By Ben Myers, | The Times-Picayune

A 44-year-old EMT died Wednesday evening (Feb. 10) when an equipment failure at the West Jefferson Emergency Medical Services Headquarters caused an ambulance to fall on him, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said.

JPSO officers were called at 5:32 p.m. and the victim was taken to West Jefferson Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. He has not been identified.

Two EMTs and a mechanic were working on an ambulance on a rack in a mechanics shop at 1225 Avenue C in Marrero when the rack gave way, said JPSO spokesman John Fortunato.

"The vehicle collapsed on its side under the rack," Fortunato said. "One guy gets pinned, the other guy gets injured as well."

The second EMT, 37, sustained minor injuries and the 34-year-old mechanic was not injured, Fortunato said.

Fortunato said he did not know how far the ambulance fell, or whether there are regular inspections in the facility. 




Driver hurt after ambulance and car collide in Innisfail - Canada

Thursday, February 11, 2016  By Ian McInroy, Barrie Examiner

INNISFIL — A head-on collision between a car and an ambulance sent a woman to hospital with serious injuries on Tuesday night.

A paramedic student on board was also treated.

South Simcoe police say the crash happened at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Yonge Street, between Innisfil Beach Road and the 7th Line.

Police say the ambulance was responding to a call with its lights and sirens activated when the vehicles collided.

The two paramedics in the ambulance immediately treated the driver of the car before being taken, along with the college student aboard, to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre by another ambulance crew, according Const. Rich Williamson.

The 21-year-old Innisfil woman driving the Saturn four-door sedan suffered a concussion and a broken arm.

"The first thing (the paramedics) did was go over and check on the condition of the driver and did what they could for her in the meantime, until the other crews arrived," he said. "It was very professional of them."

Innisfil firefighters extricated the woman from the wreckage.

Police say weather and speed are being considered as factors in the collision.

"We had been responding to numerous collisions around that time," Williamson said, adding no charges have been laid and witnesses are still being interviewed.

"There will be Highway Traffic Act charges of some type," he said. "We're probably looking at something to do with yielding or not keeping control of the car. It's nothing criminal. We've ruled out alcohol as a factor."

Simcoe County paramedic services deputy chief JC Gilbert said the paramedics and student in are in good condition.

"Fortunately, no patient was on board at the time of the collision," he said.

"As paramedics, we are trained to save lives and respond to calls in dynamic and unpredictable environments," Gilbert said. "It’s indicative of the quality and character of our highly trained staff that these paramedics acted quickly to provide care to the injured civilian despite being in the accident themselves."

It's not that unusual for a paramedic student to be on board when a call comes in, he added.

"They require 500 hours of practical training time and two to three years of schooling. As part of our role as a paramedic services provider, we work with Georgian College and other certification programs to support the training of our future paramedics by offering positions within our organization for students to obtain their required practical training hours and on the job experiences," Gilbert said.

"Students get the best possible experience by following our crews throughout their shift rotation including nights, weekends and holidays," he added.

The deputy chief had a word of caution to motorists.

"Please remember to watch your speed and drive according to conditions," Gilbert said. "Please also slow down and pull to the right for emergency vehicles with warning systems activated." 



SUV collides with ambulance overnight - Buffalo

Thursday, February 11, 2016  BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A rural metro crew was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning following an accident in Buffalo.

It happened at Delaware and North Avenue around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. Police say an SUV struck an ambulance, causing the medical vehicle to flip over.

Police say at least one person was hurt, but their injuries are believed to be minor. The crew in the ambulance was taken to the hospital for evaluation and are expected to be okay.

The SUV was towed away shortly after the collision.

Witnesses say the SUV driver was okay after the accident.




Rural Metro ambulance involved in an accident - Buffalo

Thursday, February 11, 2016  BUFFALO,NY--  Buffalo Police are investigating a two-vehicle accident that left an ambulance on its side.

The accident happened around 1 a.m. at Delaware Avenue and North Street.

There were two crew members in the ambulance, but no patients at the time of the accident. One of the crew members was taken to the hospital to be treated. They were released shortly after.

The other member was unharmed.

It's unknown at this time if anyone in the other vehicle was injured. 



Possible drunk driver crashes into ambulance - Denver

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  Blair Shiff and KUSA

DENVER - Denver Police are investigating a crash at 20th and Blake streets.

According to police, the crash happened just after midnight after police moved barricades to allow a Denver Health ambulance on Blake Street to cross 20th Street.

A woman driving a silver Chrysler on 20th Street allegedly ran a red light at Blake Street and hit the driver's side of the ambulance.

The ambulance had its lights on as a precaution as it was crossing the intersection. Paramedics were on board the ambulance at the time of the crash, but there were no patients on board.

Police suspect the driver was under the influence at the time of the crash, so she was taken to the hospital for a toxicology test.

There were no injuries reported from the wreck. 



Man killed in Tuesday wreck crashed into ambulance near New Orleans hospital

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  By Robert McClendon, | The Times-Picayune 

A 25-year-old man killed in a crash early Tuesday (Feb. 9) died after his speeding sedan collided head on with an ambulance near the emergency-room entrance of University Medical Center.

The driver of a grey Nissan Maxima, whom New Orleans Police did not identify, was river-bound on Tulane Avenue about 2 a.m. when he lost control of the car, jumped the neutral ground and ran headlong into the Emergency Medical Services vehicle.

The ambulance was headed in the opposite direction near the intersection of South Johnson Street, NOPD said.

The man was taken a block down the street to the emergency room of University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The two EMS workers in the ambulance were also taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

A toxicology screen of the dead man's blood is pending, police said. 




Four injured in crash involving ambulance near Annapolis - Maryland

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  Four people sustained minor injuries Friday in a crash involving an ambulance outside of Annapolis.

The city ambulance was transporting a patient on a non-emergency call to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Parole at about 6:30 p.m. when a sport utility vehicle struck it at the intersection of Bestgate Road and Medical Parkway, a department spokesman said.

The ambulance was at the light when it was struck. The SUV appeared to strike the ambulance head-on.

The patient, a relative in the ambulance and two paramedics sustained minor injuries and were transported by county units to AAMC, the spokesman said. The driver of the SUV didn't require a trip to the hospital.

No additional information on the crash was immediately available. 



3 injured in wreck involving ambulance - Charlotte

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  An ambulance with its lights flashing and its siren blaring was struck on Sunday on Independence Boulevard as it passed through the intersection at North Sharon Amity Road.

The impact caused the ambulance to hit an SUV that was stopped at a red light, according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner.

The collision in east Charlotte happened around 11:30 p.m. Three people, including two Medic first responders, were taken to the hospital.

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Five hurt in crash involving ambulance in SE Charlotte

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — 

Officials told Channel 9 that five people were hurt, including two emergency responders, after a chain-reaction crash late Sunday night in southeast Charlotte.

The wreck happened just after 11 p.m. on Independence Boulevard near Sharon Amity Road.

MEDIC said an ambulance was headed to a call when a car hit it, causing the ambulance to run into a SUV.

The two EMS workers in that ambulance and a person in the car were taken to the hospital, and two other people from the SUV also had minor injuries.

Everyone is expected to be OK and police have not said if anyone will be charged. 



Wreck damages ambulance, VFW fence - Virginia

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  By Sara Blankenship

HILLSVILLE – A Dugspur man collided with an ambulance in Hillsville last week, which resulted in damages to the fence around VFW Post 1115.

According to police reports, the Hillsville Police Department responded to an accident on Main Street in Hillsville around 8:40 a.m. on Feb. 2.

A 2004 Ford Carroll County Fire and Rescue ambulance was en route to an accident on Interstate 77 when the driver, Dale Edmonds of Hillsville, attempted to pass two vehicles. According to the report, he back vehicle pulled off to the side of the road, but the front vehicle, a 2010 Suzuki Kizashi, did not see the ambulance, which was in the middle lane. The vehicle, driven by Roger Midkiff, went to turn left onto Veterans Drive and sideswiped the ambulance as it was driving past him.

The impact forced the ambulance across the eastbound lane and into the fenced perimeter of the VFW lot, the report indicated.

Hillsville Police Officer J. Edwards charged Midkiff with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. Edwards estimated the damages to both vehicles around $5,000, but according to Police Chief Wesley Yonce, that’s probably a light estimate. Yonce also said about 40 feet of the fence was damaged, but there is not an estimated damage cost.

Drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the accident and there were no injuries. 




Wednesday, February 10, 2016   A man and woman have been charged with attacking Chicago paramedics at a CTA station.

Robert Adams and Cherise Finley attacked the paramedics Sunday night on the Harrison Red Line platform in the 600-block of S. State Street, police said.

Police say the two hit, scratched and spat on the crew as they responded to a call for help. The victims were treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for facial abrasions and released.

Police said the pair fled the scene, but were taken into custody a few blocks away after a foot chase.



Ambulance carrying patient crashes into SUV - DC

Thursday, February 4, 2016  WASHINGTON (WUSA9) – Emergency crews responded to a crash Wednesday morning involving an ambulance that was transporting a patient to the hospital.

Around 7 a.m., D.C. police said an ambulance collided with a Chevy Equinox SUV at the intersection of Naylor and Alabama SE.

Four people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, including the person who was in the ambulance.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.




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