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Enfield Man Killed in Crash With Ambulance in Somers - Connecticut

Sunday, December 21, 2014  An Enfield resident has died after crashing head-on into an ambulance on Main Street/Route 190 in Somers on Saturday afternoon, according to state police.

Police said the driver struck an ambulance on Main Street around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not identified him by name but said he was a resident of Enfield.

According to police, two people, a driver and passenger, were on board the ambulance at the time of the crash and were not injured. The ambulance was not responding to a medical call.

Firefighters from the Hazardville section of Enfield were called in for mutual aid. Main Street was closed for several hours west of Route 83 in Somers, between Sokol Road and Maple Ridge Drive.

LifeStar was called to the scene and later canceled, according to the helicopter service.

Check back for updates on this developing story. 



Ambulance, Car Collide - Nebraska

Sunday, December 21, 2014  Omaha Police's Traffic Unit tells WOWT 6 News no one was in need of medical treatment and no citations were given out after a car and ambulance collided. 

The accident happened near 120th & Pacific just past 5 p.m. Thursday.

Police say- per policy- the accident report has to go to the City Legal Department to see if there was any fault in the crash. 



Hall Ambulance awards two men for courageous action during crash - California

Friday, December 19, 2014  BY RUTH BROWN The Bakersfield Californian rbrown@bakersfield.comThe collision left the ambulance on its roof.

Paramedic Armando Lazaro, 33, and Kern County firefighter Adam Bickford, 32, were inside, also upside down, hanging by their seatbelts.

After their Hall Ambulance paramedic supervisor's Suburban had stopped rolling, they were aware of broken glass and crumpled metal from three wrecked vehicles, and the sound of motorists along Highway 119 stopping and shouting. It was about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 15.

For what happened next, the two Wednesday received awards for heroism and bravery at a morning ceremony outside Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. on O Street.

Mayor Harvey Hall gave Bickford an award for exhibiting courage and bravery to assist others, regardless of his own injuries.

Lazaro, was given the Star of Life medal for his actions, the highest field service award offered by Hall Ambulance Service.

What Lazaro remembers was talking with Bickford about family and work as the two drove south from Bakersfield along Highway 119 back to Taft after finishing a medical aid transport.

Bickford was just beginning his 36-hour shift; Lazaro was more than halfway through his 24-hour shift.

As they reached Midway Road an alleged drunk driver in a northbound minivan veered left across the double yellow lines into opposing traffic.

In front of the two men, a 1998 Toyota Corolla was sideswiped. Then the minivan plowed head-on into their Suburban.

After extricating themselves and crawling over broken glass, the two immediately began providing aid to the drivers of the two other vehicles. The Toyota's driver, Santiago Torres, 20, of Taft, had suffered major injuries. Fermin Garcia, 19, of Taft, who was driving the minivan, was pinned inside. Lazaro radioed for help.

A crowd of onlookers formed, and Lazaro remembers "it was starting to get hard to tell who was involved."

But Lazaro, a paramedic for seven years, and Bickford, a two-year veteran, provided care for the injured men until more help arrived.

It was only then both realized they were seriously injured.

"It's not until you started feeling a wet feeling that you realize it's your own blood dripping," Bickford said.

Lazaro, 33, took the largest blow from the impact and had an open fracture to his left elbow. Wednesday, he wore a metal brace on his left arm. After surgery, he remains on paid administrative leave until his elbow is healed.

Bickford was back to work after one day off.

The Nov. 15 incident was Garcia's third driving under the influence arrest. He has one DUI conviction and two pending cases, said California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Rodriguez. Garcia had been released from jail for an alleged DUI only three weeks prior to the ambulance collision.

The totaled orange, blue and white ambulance has been kept as a visual reminder of the dangers of drunk driving, said John Surface, vice president of corporate operations for Hall Ambulance.

As Surface described the alleged DUI collision, he said he intentionally did not call it an "accident."

"An accident is something that is not preventable," Surface said. "This crash was 100 percent preventable."




Ambulance Rolls Over While Responding to Rollover - Maine

Friday, December 19, 2014  Poor road conditions caused an ambulance from Greenville to roll over while on the way to a crash early Wednesday morning.

It happened on the Rockwood Road just before 2 am.

An ambulance from C.A. Dean Hospital in Greenville had been dispatched to a vehicle rollover near the intersection of the Rockwood Road and the Price Road.

Weather conditions had created what dispatchers say was “a sheet of ice” on the roadway.

The ambulance left the roadway, rolling to its roof.

None of the crew was hurt.

A second ambulance transported two people from the original crash scene. We do not know the extent of the injuries in that crash.

Photos courtesy: Scooter’s Towing in Dover-Foxcroft 



Pregnant mom injured in ambulance crash wants payback - Maryland

Friday, December 19, 2014  WASHINGTON — She was in one of the cars police say a Silver Spring man hit
after carjacking an ambulance last weekend

Now, a pregnant mother is demanding justice for her friend killed in the
accident on Greenbelt Road.

Cheryl Linkins says Alvin Hargrave, 77, was a veteran and a school teacher. He
died Sunday while running an errand with Linkins, a family friend.

“I believe we were stopped at a red light,” says Linkins, 26, a patient at
Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly. “I don’t remember the accident. I just remember getting up and I looked over and just seen Al laid on the steering wheel and the whole backseat was literally to the back of my head.”

Before the accident, however, Linkins says she saw the ambulance trying to ram a
tow truck. 

Prince George’s County police say Sebastian Isaksen is facing charges after he
carjacked an ambulance on the Capital Beltway and slammed into slowly moving
cars, including Hargrave’s.

Linkins has fractures in her neck, hip and pelvis. While her unborn baby is OK,
Linkins says she wants justice for her friend. 

“I want him to suffer,” she said of Isaksen. “It wouldn’t have been fair if he
would have died peacefully like Al. I want him to suffer.”

WTOP’s John Aaron contributed to this report.




3 injured after police car and MEMS Ambulance crash - Arkansas

Friday, December 19, 2014  By Marine Glisovic, Reporter

MAUMELLE (KATV) -Two emergency vehicles could be a total loss tonight, costing thousands of dollars in damages according to the director of MEMS.

It was this morning, when a Maumelle Police officer and a MEMS Ambulance collided.

The paramedic, caring for a patient in the back of the ambulance, is in serious condition tonight. Both the MEMS driver and police officer suffered minor injuries. The patient did not suffer further injuries from the crash according to MEMS Director, Jon Swanson's knowledge.

It was around 8 Tuesday morning, at the intersection of Highway 100 and Edgewood Drive in Maumelle, when a MEMS Ambulance t-boned a Maumelle Police car traveling northbound on HWY 100.

“He wanted to make a left hand turn onto Edgewood Drive, at that point he was commanded by the yield sign that's there, he did not yield to the ambulance that was coming northbound on Boulevard,” said Maumelle Police Spokesperson, Captain Jim Hansard.

At the time, neither police nor ambulance had their lights or sirens on according to authorities.

“There's a school down in that area and he was going to do his normal morning duties at the school zone, make sure kids get across the street...things like emergency happened, he wasn't in a hurry,” added Hansard.

Estimated damages from MEMS are worth up to $95,000. Swanson said they believe the truck could be a total loss, but the ambulance box can still be re-used. The cruiser also appears to be a total loss according to Hansard.

Channel 7 did attempt to gather dash-cam video, but it was destroyed as a result of the crash according to Hansard.

Arkansas State Police is currently investigating this crash. Maumelle Police do not believe the officer was distracted at the time, such as being on his cellphone.

No word on if the officer will be ticketed.

Hansard also told KATV, their officer has been released from the hospital, but no word on when he'll be going back to work. 



Cruiser collides with ambulance, patient helps paramedic - Arkansas

Friday, December 19, 2014  MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) – An officer and ambulance involved accident happened in Maumelle early Tuesday morning.

According to Lt. Jim Hansard with Maumelle Police Department, the accident happened near the intersection of Edgewood Drive and Highway 100 (Maumelle Boulevard). Apparently, the officer was trying to turn onto Pine Forrest Drive from Highway 100 when the cruiser collided with an ambulance traveling southbound.

John Swanson with MEMS said one of the paramedics, who was in the back with the patient, has suffered serious injuries. The officer has minor injuries and is being treated. Apparently the ambulance was carrying a patient, but that person did not appear to be injured in the crash and got up from the gurney to help the paramedic.

In photos shared by @THV11 follower Phillip Palmer, a police cruiser can be seen crumpled on one side with several emergency response vehicles surrounding it.

Arkansas State Police are working the scene since a Maumelle officer was involved.




Maimonides Medical Center lawyers try to keep ambulance death-crash video from jury’s eyes - New York

Wednesday, December 17, 2014  BY  
It's a horrifying death-crash video that lawyers for a Brooklyn hospital are desperately trying to keep a jury from seeing.The extremely disturbing video, recorded by a security camera, appears to demolish the claims by Maimonides Medical Center medics that their ambulance came to a full stop at least three times before blowing a red light and mowing down a motorcyclist, the Daily News has learned.

Jesus Santiago, 46, a married father of two children, died roughly two hours after his impact with the ambulance of multiple blunt impact injuries, according to his autopsy.

With jury selection scheduled to begin Tuesday, lawyers for the hospital and ambulance driver Danielle Bensimhon filed papers in Brooklyn Supreme Court last week seeking to preclude the video from the wrongful death trial because Santiago's lawyers did not turn it over before Bensimhon and her partner testified under oath that the ambulance repeatedly stopped before entering the intersection of Fourth Ave. and 63rd St.

Santiago, a biking and workout enthusiast, was launched 50 feet into the air and his leg partially amputated by the impact with the ambulance bumper. The hospital's lawyer Sean Prendergast argues that the hospital was "irreparably damaged in their defense of this matter" by not getting their hands on the video sooner.

"If we didn't find this video they would have gotten away with misleading everyone as to how this incident happened," said lawyer Scott Rynecki, who represents widow Rose Santiago. "From the outset, their medics' statements to investigators at the scene and afterward clearly did not conform to what happened."

Three days after the fatal May 26, 2012 accident, Bensimhon told the NYPD that "I had stopped at the red light and confirmed that westbound traffic on 63rd Street was yielding to my emergency vehicle," according to the official report.

In a sworn deposition on July 18, 2013, Bensimhon was asked: "How many complete stops did you make at that intersection?

"The first one and then three," Bensimhon, 29, replied, according to the transcript. She acknowledged the light for the ambulance was red.

The video instead shows the ambulance sailing through the red light without stopping, just as Jesus Santiago was crossing the intersection. The deadly impact occurs just outside of the frame. Prendergast did not return a call seeking comment.

Discala, who now works for the FDNY as a medic, told the same story. but added that the three alleged complete stops were a total of about 30 seconds.

Maimonides requires its ambulance drivers to come to a complete stop while responding to an emergency. Bensimhon and partner Michael Discala were assigned on a call back up another ambulance crew that was dealing with two drunken men.

Bensimhon claims she had activated the ambulance's lights and sirens, but witnesses disagree about the siren, Rynecki said. And the NYPD accident report mentions the emergency lights operating, but does not mention the siren.

Santiago was a block away from his home when he was struck.




SUV vs. ambulance crash reported near school - Iowa

Wednesday, December 17, 2014  By Laura Nichols

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa —An SUV and ambulance collided in the eastern part of Polk County Monday.  The crash was reported about 2:48 p.m. near Highway 163 and NE 80th St., which is near Southeast Polk High School.

KCCI's Laura Nichols said no serious injuries were reported.  Another ambulance was brought to the scene to picked up a stroke victim inside the ambulance involved in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation. 




Monday, December 15, 2014  An ambulance crew was assaulted, their unit stolen and minutes later involved in a multi-vehicle crash involving a fatality. At about 5:30 pm, Sunday, December 14, Ambulance 811B was returning to their station after completing a patient transport. As they were travelling southbound on the Capitol Beltway (Route 495) they witnessed a passenger car leave the roadway near the interchange of I-95. The ambulance pulled to the shoulder with the crew of two firefighter/EMT’s exiting to check on the welfare of the occupant.

A series of events occurred quickly with both crew-members being assaulted by the driver of the very car they stopped to help. The suspect proceeded to drive away in their ambulance. The volunteer firefighter/EMTs were visibly shaken but not injured.

The stolen ambulance proceeded south on Route 495 and exited onto Kenilworth Avenue and than west on Greenbelt Road. Two blocks down Greenbelt Road and about 15 minutes after this incident started the stolen unit caused a multi-vehicle crash. At least 3 vehicles on Greenbelt Road at 62nd Avenue in Greenbelt were damaged including a vehicle occupied by an adult male and female. The adult male sustained critical injuries and succumbed shortly after arriving at a local hospital. The adult female occupant was transported to a hospital with less serious injuries.

After striking the vehicle(s) on Greenbelt Road the ambulance careened down an embankment rolling onto its side while striking at least 7 unoccupied vehicles in the parking lot of a restaurant.

The now injured suspect was apprehended by police officers as he attempted to exit the unit. The adult male suspect was transported, in custody, to a local hospital where police describe his injuries as “critical.”

A total of 11 vehicles were involved (including the ambulance). Three people were transported from the scene (including the suspect in custody) and three people were treated or evaluated on the scene and did not go to the hospital.

The Prince George’s County Police Department will be conducting an investigation and accident reconstruction of the crash. All details will be released by them when available.

The Branchville Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad, Inc. in College Park own the ambulance. Branchville is just one of nine all-volunteer stations out of 45 stations that operate within the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. The ambulance appears to be totaled with replacement costing about $250,000. Branchville owns a second ambulance and has access to a County reserve ambulance if needed.



1 dies in Prince George's ambulance crash - Maryland

Monday, December 15, 2014  WASHINGTON -- One person was killed in a crash involving a stolen ambulance in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Sunday.

Mark Brady, a spokesman with the Prince George's County Fire Department, says that an ambulance from the Branchville Volunteer Fire Station was was coming back after dropping a patient off at a hospital in Montgomery County when they saw a vehicle run off the Capital Beltway near Interstate 95 at about 5:30 p.m.

When they stopped to help, Brady says, the driver of the vehicle attacked two of the ambulance crew, kicked them out and stole the ambulance. 

The thief drove the ambulance on the Inner Loop of the Beltway and got off at the exit at Kenilworth Avenue, driving west on Greenbelt Road. The ambulance then crashed into a sedan, then was involved in a 7- or 8- car crash in the parking lot of Joe's Crab Shack, at 62nd Avenue and Greenbelt Road.

Corporal Nicole Hubbard, of the Prince George's County police, says that a man and a woman were in the sedan. The man in the sedan died of his injuries. The suspect is in critical condition; the woman in the sedan is in stable condition. 



Derenne Avenue open after wreck involving ambulance - Georgia

Monday, December 15, 2014  SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -Westbound Derenne Avenue is now open after an accident involving two vehicles shutdown the road between Abercorn Street and Habersham Street.

The accident happened between a van and Southside ambulance around 5:50 p.m. on Sunday. The ambulance was struck with a patient inside but shortly after the wreck another ambulance in the area was able to transport the occupant in need of medical attention.

According to Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Officers on the scene there was one person transported to Memorial University Medical Center. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time. 



Stolen Ambulance Ends In Fatal Crash - Maryland

Monday, December 15, 2014  GREENBELT, Md. (WJZ) — At least one person has died after a stolen Prince George’s County ambulance crashed.

The stolen ambulance crashed and was overturned at Greenbelt Road and 62nd Avenue near Joe’s Crab Shack. The ambulance hit approximately seven other vehicles. Eleven vehicles were involved in the crash altogether.

According to police, three people were transported for medical attention. One of them is in critical condition.

The Branchville ambulance was stolen on the inner loop of Rt. 1 traveling towards Greenbelt. The ambulance’s crew was kicked out of the vehicle. Police said two Branchville fire volunteers were assaulted during the ambulance theft. Both of the fire volunteers are fine. 



Ambulance carjacked in Prince George’s County, MD – One dead in crash - Maryland

Monday, December 15, 2014  During the 5:00 hour this evening, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Ambulance 811 (Branchville VFD) was carjacked by someone who assaulted the crew. That happened on the Capital Beltway between I-95 and Route 1. The ambulance was then hit 11 vehicles and ended up overturned in front of Joe’s Crab Shack at Greenbelt Road and 62nd Avenue. Three were transported from the crash scene, including one that was a trauma code who was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Below are tweets about the indicent from PGFD Chief Spokesman Mark Brady, Chief Marc Bashoor and Branchville VFD.

One person has died after a stolen ambulance crashed in Prince George’s County Sunday evening.

The stolen ambulance overturned at Greenbelt Road and 62nd Avenue in Greenbelt, fire officials said.

Two people were taken to the hospital following the accident and one person was taken into custody, Prince George’s County Police said.

The ambulance was stolen just before 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, fire officials said. The crew was kicked out of the vehicle and it was taken, officials said.

The ambulance belonged to the Branchville Volunteer Fire Department. Two volunteers were assaulted during the ambulance theft, but both are fine, officials said. 



3 hospitalized after ambulance, truck collide in Hialeah - Florida

Monday, December 15, 2014  HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Three people inside an ambulance were rushed to the hospital after their vehicle collided with a pickup truck early Saturday.

Crews responding to the scene of the accident on West 68th Street and 28th Avenue in Hialeah around 3:30 a.m. The crash causing the ambulance to flip on its side and knock over a fire hydrant.

According to Hialeah Police, the three victims included a driver and employee in the front and an injured person being transported to Palmetto Regional Hospital. Hialeah Fire Rescue extricated both the employee and the injured person through the window, and the driver got out on his own.

They were all transported to Palmetto General Hospital in unknown condition.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident. 



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