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Ambulance rear-ended by suspected DUI driver - California

Thursday, July 30, 2015  An American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance was rear ended at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Union and Lathrop roads intersection by an alleged drunk driver who fled the scene on foot.

Manteca Police Sgt. Brian Holland said the driver Clinton Samuel Laque, 36, of Manteca fled on foot down Union Road and was reported to police by another motorist who witnessed the crash. 

Sgt. Holland said the ambulance paramedic who was attending to an 80 year-old-patient from Lincoln in Placer County was injured when Laque drove his Ford pickup truck into the rear of the ambulance causing moderate damage to the back of the ambulance and to the front of the pickup truck.  Laque was determined to be under the influence at the scene and also charged with hit and run, Holland said.

He added that the truck’s speed at the time of the crash was estimated at 40 miles per hour.  The engine in the ambulance quit on the impact. The ambulance was pushed into the center of the intersection. The pickup driver received lacerations to his head and foot, according to police.

   


 

New York Man Dies In I-91 Accident; Several Other Wrecks Reported Saturday - Vermont

Wednesday, July 29, 2015  By Nancy Nutile-McMenemy, Standard Correspondent

There were several motor vehicle accidents in the region Saturday, including one on Interstate 91 that killed a New York man. 

Trent Costello, 22, of Kingston, New York, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, after the car he was riding in hit a tree on the west side of the highway near mile marker 48, state police said in a news release. The driver of the car, McKayla Park, 21, of Oneonta, New York, was taken to Springfield Hospital with unspecified injuries. Hospital representatives were unable to provide information about Park’s condition last night. Both were wearing seatbelts, police said. Police said Park and Costello were traveling south at about 11:30 a.m. when their car left the west side of the roadway in Weathersfield, overturned and struck a tree. The car, a 2000 Subaru Forester, was totaled. Emergency responders closed the southbound lanes of I-91 at Exit 8 in Ascutney, about three miles north of the crash site, at about noon, diverting traffic onto Route 131. At one point, cars were backed up on the interstate for about a mile and a half. The roadway remained closed for several hours.

In addition to the Vermont State Police, the Weathersfield Police Department, Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department, Springfield Fire Department, West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department and the Vermont Agency of Transportation responded to the scene, police said in the release.

Just as crews were cleaning up the accident on the interstate a call went out for an accident on Route 131 near Exit 8 where a Golden Cross ambulance and another Subaru Forester collided on Route 131. The two-member Golden Cross crew reported the crash at about 3:55 p.m. Neither crew member reported being injured, although the ambulance suffered extensive front-end damage. The green Subaru, which had Vermont plates and was carrying a blue-and-green kayak, came to a stop near a rocky ledge. Photographs from the scene show that at least one of the car’s airbags had deployed and the driver’s side door was removed. The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team helicopter was called and landed on the interstate at about 4:18 p.m. to transport the driver of the Subaru, whose identity was not released as of Saturday night.
Officials at the scene said the Golden Cross crew was responding to a motorcycle accident on Tyson Road in Reading, at the time of the crash. Vermont State Police said Roger Perron, 60, and his wife, Linda Perron, 57, both of Claremont, were aboard a 2012 Suzuki 800 and heading west toward Plymouth, at about 3:45 p.m. when Roger Perron moved to the right to give a fast-moving oncoming vehicle space to negotiate a sharp curve. Perron told police he then hit the sandy shoulder of the roadway and lost control of the motorcycle. Roger Perron was transported to DHMC with non-life threatening injuries. Linda Perron also was transported to DHMC for evaluation. A hospital spokeswoman said both were in stable condition last night. Neither speed nor impairment were a factor in the accident, police said. The motorcycle suffered minor damage. The Reading Rescue Squad also responded to the scene. 

   


 

Knox County ambulance driver indicted in deadly crash - Kentucky

Wednesday, July 29, 2015  KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A Knox County Grand Jury has indicted an ambulance driver for a deadly accident.

Investigators say Kevin French, 25, was allegedly operating an ambulance "while under the influence of intoxicants" last August on U.S. 25 when he hit Sampson Callender, 14, and two of his friends.

Police say Callender and his friends were riding their bikes in the median of U.S. 25 before the wreck.

Callender was killed. The two other teens were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

French faces four counts.

The first count is second-degree manslaughter.

The second and third counts are second-degree assault for hitting the other teens with the ambulance.

The fourth count is speeding. The indictment says French was driving 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. 

   


 

$1M pay out sought in EMS crash - Florida

Wednesday, July 29, 2015  A Tallahassee elementary school teacher awaits a more than $1-million pay out from Leon County for a car crash with an ambulance that left her disabled.

Sen. Bill Montford filed a bill Friday that if approved by the Legislature would direct $1.15 million to Angela Sanford for injuries and damages she suffered in the crash.

Sanford had just a left a concert by country act Jason Aldean at the Civic Center on Sept. 5, 2013 when the Buick SUV she was riding in was broadsided by a Leon County Emergency Medical Services vehicle. The ambulance, driven by paramedic Benjamin Hunter, blew through a red light at the corner of West Tharpe Street and North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to a Leon County Sheriff’s Office report.

Hunter was found at fault. Even though his lights and sirens were activated, he had the responsibility to slow to a safe speed in order to make sure the intersection was clear, the report said. The ambulance was going 44 mph at the moment of impact, crushing the passenger side where Sanford was sitting.

The impact left Sanford in a coma and resulted in permanent cognitive and depressive disorders, permanent double vision, a lacerated liver and 11 fractured ribs among other injuries.

Her disability has also left her unable to carry on a career in teaching, the bill said.

Medical expenses totaled about $744,000, the bill said. In April, a Leon County judge ruled in Sanford’s favor in a civil case against Leon County.

The county already paid $300,000 to the other people injured in the accident, the bill said. The driver, Sanford’s husband, Patrick Sanford, underwent back surgery. The back seat passenger Daniel McNair broke two bones in his left hand. 

   


 

Ambulance collides with wedding procession - Kentucky

Monday, July 27, 2015  By Kayla Pickrell Georgetown News-Graphic

An ambulance collided with a wedding procession on Quality Drive and McClelland Circle on Sunday afternoon.




Georgetown Police Captain Robert Swanigan said that emergency crews were rushing a crash victim to the hospital shortly after 3 p.m. when a minivan heading to a wedding reception struck the Georgetown-Scott County EMS ambulance on its way to Chandler Hospital in Lexington.

The crash victim in the ambulance was being transported from an accident on McClelland Circle and East Main Extended, Swanigan said.

The accident happened around 3 p.m. when a blue car and white pickup truck collided.

The driver of the blue car was being transported from the accident by EMTs and paramedics when a minivan struck the ambulance.

Three paramedics and EMTs, the original crash victim, and two people in the minivan were transported to Georgetown Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Swanigan said.

Georgetown Police is investigating both collisions. 

   


 

Three People Injured After Accident On Gordon Highway - Georgia

Monday, July 27, 2015  By 

Augusta, GA – At least three people are injured after an accident involving an ambulance. It happened Saturday afternoon on Gordon Highway in Augusta.

Deputies say the ambulance was speeding without its sirens and lights on. It went through two red lights and crossed over the median. That’s when it struck several 4 other vehicles. The driver of the ambulance was injured in the crash. One person is in critical condition at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Investigators say the driver of the ambulance is facing charges, including reckless driving.

Count on WJBF News Channel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 

   


 

Funeral for Piscataway woman killed in ambulance crash - New Jersey

Monday, July 27, 2015  Family and friends are mourning a Spotswood emergency medical technician who was killed when a car collided with an ambulance responding to a call.

Hinal Patel's funeral took place in North Brunswick on Monday.

Patel, 22, of Piscataway, a recent Rutgers University graduate, was killed in a three-vehicle crash while aboard an ambulance rushing to the scene of an accident in East Brunswick on Saturday morning.

The Spotswood Emergency Medical Services ambulance, with its lights and sirens activated, was struck by an East Brunswick woman, resulting in a three-vehicle wreck at 8 a.m. at Ryders Lane and Cranbury Road, East Brunswick police said.

Patel was a Piscataway High School graduate who earned a bachelor's degree in cell biology and neuroscience from Rutgers in May. She was planning to attend a master's program at the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in the fall, and hoped to become a doctor or physician's assistant.

She joined the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company in April 2012 and completed EMT training in September of that year, serving as a volunteer EMT in the Emergency Medical Services division, the statement said. She was a volunteer at Saint Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick for five years before becoming an EMT.

Staff Writer Everett Merrill: 908-243-6606; emerrill@mycentraljersey.com 

   


 

EMT KILLED IN ACCIDENT WHILE RESPONDING TO EMERGENCY CALL IN EAST BRUNSWICK - NEW JERSEY

Sunday, July 26, 2015  By Renee Stoll

EAST BRUNSWICK (WABC) -- 
It was her last day of work as an EMT for Spotswood, New Jersey. 22-year-old Hinal Patel was starting medical school Monday, but she will never get the chance to live out her dreams. Police say the ambulance she was riding on the way to a call was t-boned by a car, killing her.

"They came through the intersection and were struck by another vehicle, which caused their vehicle to actually spin around and then land on its passenger side and skid across the roadway," says Lt. Kevin F. Zebro of the East Brunswick Police Department.

Police say the lights and sirens were going, with 24-year-old EMT Mark Seube at the wheel. The two were on their way to help another town with ambulance transport less than a mile away, when police tell Eyewitness News that a woman driving a Prius hit them at the intersection of Ryder Lane and Cranbury Road in East Brunswick. The ambulance then hit another car before flipping on its side. It's unclear if Patel was wearing a seatbelt. Her EMT partner and the driver of the Prius were injured in the accident, and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Lt. Zebro.

Patel wanted to eventually become a Physician or a Physician's Assistant. Her family tells Eyewitness News that she also worked as an EMT for the last two years at North Shelton volunteer fire company, and was even honored for her work as an EMT.

Chief John Scarpa said in a statement,

"Hinal was a very smart, dedicated member of our family and she will be greatly missed. She had many close friends at North Stelton. The members of the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company are devastated by her loss."

The crash still remains under investigation, and police do not know if anyone will be cited or arrested. 

   


 

Spotswood emergency services official killed in East Brunswick ambulance crash - New Jersey

Sunday, July 26, 2015  A Spotswood Emergency Services official was killed Saturday morning in a multi-car wreck in East Brunswick, officials said.

Spotswood EMS Director Miriam Barbarise confirmed a member of her department was killed in an ambulance crash but declined further comment and referred the matter to the police department. 

A law enforcement official told NJ Advance Media the person killed was working her final shift before starting medical school. The law enforcement official asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the incident.

Dozens of officials from the East Brunswick Police Department and East Brunswick Fire Department could be seen at the scene of the accident at the intersection of Ryders Lane and Cranbury Road.

A person with knowledge of the situation said the Spotswood ambulance was responding to a mutual aid call in East Brunswick. The person declined to be identified because he or she had not been authorized to speak on the matter. 

At least three vehicles appeared to have been involved in the accident.

A Spotswood Emergency Services ambulance remained on its side in the center of Cranbury Road late Saturday morning. Another two vehicles could be seen being lifted onto tow vehicles by emergency personnel as authorities investigated the scene.

It was not immediately clear whether any others were injured in the accident. Calls to the East Brunswick Police Department for details were not immediately returned.

Vernal Coleman can be reached at vcoleman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @vernalcoleman. Find NJ.com on Facebook. 

   


 

One dead in East Brunswick ambulance accident - New Jersey

Sunday, July 26, 2015  Jenna Intersimone, @JIntersimone

EAST BRUNSWICK Hinal Patel dedicated her life to helping others.

Patel, 22, of Piscataway, an emergency medical technician and recent Rutgers University graduate, was doing just that when she was killed in a three-vehicle crash while aboard an ambulance rushing to the scene of an accident in East Brunswick Saturday morning.

The Spotswood Emergency Medical Services ambulance, with its lights and sirens activated, was struck by a township woman, resulting in a three-vehicle crash at 8 a.m. at Ryders Lane and Cranbury Road, East Brunswick police said.

“Hinal was a very smart, dedicated member of our family and she will be greatly missed. She had many close friends at North Stelton,” read a statement posted by the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company on Facebook Saturday afternoon. “The members of the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company are devastated by her loss and extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends and coworkers.”

According to the statement, Patel was a Piscataway High School graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in cell biology and neuroscience from Rutgers in May. She was planning to attend a master’s program at the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in the fall, and hoped to become a doctor or physician’s assistant.

She joined the North Stelton company in April 2012 and completed EMT training in September of that year, serving as a volunteer EMT in the Emergency Medical Services division, the statement said. She also served as an EMT in Spotswood. She was a volunteer at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick for five years before becoming an EMT.

Mark C. Seube, 24, of Hamilton, an EMT with Spotswood EMS, was driving the Spotswood ambulance with Hinal Patel, of Piscataway, a 22-year-old EMT, who was as the front seat passenger.

The EMTs were responding to assist the East Brunswick Rescue Squad as mutual aid at a motor vehicle crash with injuries in the township. Initial investigation showed that the ambulance, a 2008 Ford van, was traveling west on Ryders Lane at the intersection of Cranbury Road.

The ambulance proceeded through the intersection and was struck by a 2013 Toyota Prius traveling south on Cranbury Road driven by 58-year-old Kathleen Meade of East Brunswick. The ambulance overturned and slid into a 2011 Subaru Legacy, driven by 43-year-old Kristen Fahrman of East Brunswick, which was stopped on Ryders Lane in the eastbound lanes.

Patel was killed as a result of the collision.

Seube and Meade were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick with nonlife-threatening injuries. Fahrman was not injured.

Several emergency service agencies responded to assist at the scene, including the East Brunswick Fire Department District 2, Milltown EMS, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Basic Life Support and the Advanced Life Support Units.

The crash is under investigation by the East Brunswick Police Department

Contributing: Staff writer Ilana Keller

Staff Writer Jenna Intersimone: 908-801-4863; JIntersimone@MyCentralJersey.com 

   


 

Ambulance involved in accident on Gordon Highway - Georgia

Sunday, July 26, 2015  RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- Richmond County authorities are holding an ambulance driver responsible for a multiple car accident on Gordon Highway near Milledgeville Road. 

Dispatch says the call came in at 3:47 this afternoon. Deputies say the ambulance did not have a patient inside at the time of the crash. They say the driver ran a red light and hit four cars in the opposite lane of traffic at the intersection of Kissingbower Rd. 

Investigators say at least two people where injured, but they did not say the extent of those injuries

Deputies say the ambulance driver will face several charges including failure to maintain lanes and disregarding a traffic signal. The investigation is pending while the STAR team and traffic division work on the case. 

   


 

EMT Killed in NJ Ambulance Crash Was Set to Start Med School

Sunday, July 26, 2015  A 22-year-old emergency medical technician was killed in an ambulance accident in New Jersey Saturday morning on what was supposed to be her last day on the job before starting medical school.

Hinal Patel, of Piscataway, died in the crash, which occurred at about 8 a.m. as she and another EMT were heading to the scene of a car accident in East Brunswick, police said. The Spotswood ambulance had its emergency lights and sirens operating at the time.

A car struck the ambulance, causing it to flip over and hit another car near the intersection of Ryder Lane and Cranbury Road in East Brunswick, police said.

Julius Bellafronte, a witness to the crash, said it sounded "like an explosion."

Patel was planning to start medical school soon after completing what was to be her last shift as an EMT Saturday, Spotswood EMS Director Miriam Barbarise told NBC 4 New York.

"We're really heartbroken right now," she said. "Words can't describe how everybody, including my employees and myself, how we're all feeling."

Patel was graduated in May from Rutgers University where she studied cell biology and neuroscience. She had planned to return to Rutgers to attend the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, officials said.

Mark Seube of Hamilton, who was driving the ambulance, and Kathleen Meade of East Brunswick, the driver of the car that struck the ambulance, were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, authorities said. 

The crash remains under investigation, officials said.


  

   


 

Piscataway woman ID'd as EMT killed in ambulance crash - New Jersey

Sunday, July 26, 2015  A Piscataway woman working with the Spotswood Emergency Services was killed in an ambulance crash Saturday morning, her mother and police said Saturday.

Hinal Patel was killed in a multi-car wreck involving a Spotswood ambulance, her mother Darshana Patel said. Darshana Patel declined further comment.

At about 7:57 a.m., East Brunswick police responded to the intersection of Cranbury Road and Ryders Lane on a report of a serious motor vehicle crash, East Brunswick Police Lt. Kevin Zebro said in a news release.

Mark C. Seube, 22, of Hamilton, was driving a Spotswood ambulance west on Ryders Lane with its lights activated to assist East Brunswick Rescue Squad at a motor vehicle crash with injuries when the ambulance was struck on the passenger's side by a 2013 Toyota Prius traveling south on Cranbury Road through the intersection, Zebro said. Hinal Patel, 22, of Piscataway, was the front seat passenger of the ambulance, he said.

The ambulance overturned in the crash and slid into a 2011 Subaru Legacy that was stopped on Ryders Lane in the eastbound lanes.

Seube and the driver of the Prius — Kathleen Meade, 58, of East Brunswick — were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Zebro said.

The driver of the Subaru — Kristen Fahrman, 43, of East Brunswick — was not injured when the ambulance slid into her vehicle.

A law enforcement official told NJ Advance Media the woman killed was working her final shift before starting medical school. The law enforcement official asked to remain anonymous because he or she was not authorized to speak publicly about the incident.

Hinal Patel was an emergency medical technician with the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company in Piscataway and Spotswood EMS, according to rosters for both organizations.

In a statement released Saturday afternoon, the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company said Patel joined the fire company in April 2012, completed her EMT training in Sept. 2012 and served as a volunteer at St. Peters University Hospital in New Brunswick for five years before becoming an EMT at North Stelton.

"Hinal was a very smart, dedicated member of our family and she will be greatly missed," the fire company said. "She had many close friends at North Stelton. The members of the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company are devastated by her loss and extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends and coworkers."

Patel aspired to become a physician or a physician's assistant and was planning to attend master's program at the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences this fall, the fire company said.

The crash is currently under investigation by the East Brunswick Police Department Special Operations Section. Anyone with information regarding the investigation can contact Patrol Officer John Bird or Patrol Officer Glenn Tabasko of the East Brunswick Police Department Special Operations Section at 732-390-6969.

Several emergency service agencies responded to assist at the scene including East Brunswick Fire Department District 2, Milltown EMS, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital basic life support as well as the advanced life support units. 

   


 

3 injured in ambulance rollover after patient allegedly attempts to grab wheel - Utah

Sunday, July 26, 2015  BY 

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Two EMTs and one patient are now in fair condition after an accident on Interstate 15 when a psychiatric patient allegedly tried to grab the wheel in the ambulance they were traveling in, causing them to roll early Friday morning.

The accident occurred at about 2 a.m. just north of 12300 South. According to Utah Highway Patrol the ambulance was carrying two EMTs and one psychiatric patient.

The EMTs were taking the patient to a behavioral health facility when he became violent and attempted to take the wheel, causing the ambulance to roll, according to UHP.

The EMTs were taken to Intermountain Medical Center. The patient was taken to Jordan Valley Medical Center. Originally all occupants of the ambulance were reported to be in serious condition. They have since been upgraded to fair condition.

According to UHP the ambulance was traveling north from Juab County.

It is unknown at this time why the patient was unrestrained and able to take hold of the wheel.

If they do find enough evidence, UHP officials say, the patient could most likely face charges of aggravated assault.

The crash is still under investigation. 

   


 

Psychiatric patient causes ambulance to crash on I-15, police say - Utah

Sunday, July 26, 2015  DRAPER, Utah (GOOD 4 Utah) - Paramedics in a Juab County ambulance became patients Friday after Utah Highway Patrol Troopers said the psychiatric patient they were transporting caused it to roll. "Somehow the psychiatric patient was able to grab the steering wheel of the ambulance and force it to the side of the road," said UHP Sgt. Todd Royce. 


UHP told Good 4 Utah, the crash happened about 2:30 in the morning on Northbound  I-15 at 118th South in Draper.  It's unclear why the patient acted out, but all three people inside suffered injuries. "Both the paramedics and the psychiatric patient were taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition," said Sgt. Royce. 


Juab County emergency officials couldn't say whether or not the psychiatric patients was restrained, but they said all of their patients wear seat belts and a restraint is used on a case by case bases. UHP is investigating the crash and the patient could end up with a ticket. "Whenever someone is driving down the road and a passenger interferes, whether it's an ambulance or a regular passenger car, that person can face charges and in this case we're definitely looking at finishing an investigation and there most likely will be charges filed in this," said Sgt. Royce.


Luckily, because of the scarce traffic at 2 a.m. an even more serious crash was avoided. "It was not a big problem for traffic or anything in that area and luckily nobody got seriously hurt and or killed in this situation," said Sgt. Royce.


UHP says if the psychiatric patient is charged, those charges could range from assault to interfering with a driver. 
 

   


 
 
 

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