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Ambulance Crash Follows Earlier Crash - Nebraska

Tuesday, April 21, 2015   An Omaha Fire Department first responder driving an ambulance en route to a West Omaha accident ended up in a 3-vehicle crash Sunday. 

Responders say it all started with an accident near 118th & L. Police say a car with three women in it was headed northbound on 118th at a high rate of speed, when the driver lost control, went airborne and struck a light pole.

Police say none of the women were wearing seat belts. Rachel Willis, 37, and Jodi Baker, 35, were hospitalized with critical injuries that are considered life-threatening. The third victim- Tanya Arellano, 26- had injuries which are not considered life-threatening.

Firefighters en route to the accident could not find it, because the car had come to rest in a low-lying area.

When the ambulance reached 132nd & L, the driver attempted to turn around, crossing three lanes of traffic.

Though the driver's lights and sirens were on, fire personnel say the turn led to a three-vehicle collision.

Three people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Melissa Schmahl, 35, and Zachary Blackstun, 22, were transported to a hospital via rescue squad for complaints of pain. Schmahl was a passenger in the ambulance, Blackstun, a student ride-along. 

A passenger of one of the other vehicles involved, Glenna Worland, 57, was also hospitalized after complaining of pain.



Ambulance with patient in transit involved in crash - Indiana

Saturday, April 18, 2015  By Matt Adams

INDIANAPOLIS (April 16, 2015) – An ambulance in transit with a patient was involved in a crash with two other vehicles Thursday morning.

It happened at 16th Street and Tremont Street on the near west side of Indianapolis. The crash also involved a van and SUV. Another ambulance arrived to get the patient who was in transit.

Three people were taken to the hospital for treatment after complaining of pain. 



Two Firefighters Critical After Crashes Involving Fire Truck, Ambulance - Texas

Saturday, April 18, 2015  BELTON (April 17, 2015) Two firefighters remain in critical condition Saturday afternoon following a series of crashes on a stretch of rural road Friday, that involved several vehicles including a fire truck and an ambulance.

Central Bell Fire and Rescue Chief Jason Worsdale says the other three firefighters involved in the crash were released overnight.

Five firefighters were trapped after their truck overturned following a collision with a pickup truck near the intersection of Chalk Lane and FM 439, Department of Public Safety Trooper Harpin Myers said.

After they were freed, they and the driver of the pickup truck were taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Myers said.

An ambulance whose crew was en route to the crash scene was also involved in an accident, Harpin said.

The first in the series of accidents occurred on FM 439 when one vehicle hydroplaned on the wet road and hit another vehicle.

Two people received what Myers said were non-life-threatening injuries in that crash.

They were also taken to Scott & White, he said. 



VCU pre-med student charged with swiping ambulance during 21st birthday shenanigans - Virginia

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  By Laura French

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia Commonwealth University student was charged with DUI and possession of stolen property after police said he stole an ambulance from the VCU Medical Center Sunday. Ryan Kovacik, a 21-year-old certified EMT, got behind the wheel of the ambulance drunk after celebrating his 21st birthday, police said.

“I did not believe this would ever happen to me,” Andy Inge, Vice President of Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad, said.



Ambulance and two vehicles collide in Gray - Georgia

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  Three women were injured when an ambulance and two cars collided in downtown Gray.

It happened a little after 3 p.m. at Washburn Street and West Clinton Street, according to Chief Max Wood with the Gray Fire Department.

Wood says the three women were all in different vehicles and they're all in stable condition at a local hospital. He says they typically don't see wrecks like this at this intersection.

Wood says the accident is still under investigation. The accident backed up traffic in downtown Gray, but cleared around 4 p.m. 




Wednesday, April 15, 2015  By Tom Lemons

BROOKSVILLE – Just after 11:00 am, Emergency Dispatchers received a frantic call from a female firefighter, claiming that they were just involved in a major accident, at the intersection of Cortez Blvd and Mariner Blvd.

The injured firefighter sounded as if she was in extreme distress, according to radio traffic we intercepted, but her exact injuries are unknown.

According to Assistant Chief Kevin Carroll, the driver of the yellow convertible suffered a medical condition and collided with a Hernando County Fire Rescue Unit, injuring a Medic and EMT. The injuries appear to be minor, according to Carroll.

A third vehicle was also involved but it unknown if the occupants were injured.

The Florida Highway Patrol will be investigating the cause of the accident.

We will bring more on this story as it develops. 



Car crashes into ambulance in Green Hills - Nashville

Monday, April 13, 2015  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An ambulance was involved in a crash in Green Hills late Friday night.

The Nashville Fire Department ambulance was traveling on Woodmont Boulevard just before Midnight when it was struck by a car driving on Hillsboro Road.

Police told News 2 the ambulance was transporting a patient at the time. Neither the patient nor emergency personnel were injured in the collision.

The driver of the vehicle was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Officers are investigating to determine if narcotics played a role in the crash.

No additional details were released. 



Ambulance involved in two-vehicle crash - New York

Monday, April 13, 2015  TALLMAN – A two-vehicle collision at the intersection of College Road and West Carlton Road in the Town of Ramapo just before 1 p.m. on Sunday involved an ambulance.

An Emstar ambulance was heading southbound on College Road when it collided with a minivan that was heading west on Carlton Road, town police said.

The Emstar ambulance flipped on its side trapping the driver.

Monsey Fire Department and Rockland Paramedics responded and extracted the driver from the vehicle. 

Also assisting the occupants of the vehicles was the Hatzolah Ambulance Corp, which transported the driver of the ambulance to Westchester Medical Center with pain in his chest.

Hatzolah also transported the two occupants of the minivan to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern for observation. Neither party in the minivan complained of pain.

The accident is under investigation by Ramapo Police.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is requested to contact Ramapo Police. 



Ambulance catches fire with patient inside - San Diego

Thursday, April 9, 2015  SAN DIEGO – An ambulance caught fire in Pacific Beach while taking a woman to the hospital Wednesday morning, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Two emergency medical technicians were driving on Mission Bay Drive near Garnett Avenue just before 2 a.m. when they heard a loud sound come from under the hood. When they pulled  over, the engine caught fire, prompting them to evacuate the patient from the ambulance and wheel her across the street to a nearby McDonald’s parking lot.

Another ambulance arrived about 25 minutes later and took the woman to the hospital. She was safely moved out of the ambulance well before the fire escalated.

Several loud explosions occurred as the ambulance’s engine continued to burn and an oxygen tank exploded. The ambulance became fully engulfed  in flames just before 2 a.m.  and was a total loss.

No one was hurt and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. 



Dog catches ambulance thief - Atlanta

Thursday, April 9, 2015  ATLANTA -- The search for a stolen American Medical Response ambulance ended with a crash in southeast Atlanta. The driver ran off in to the early morning darkness to hide in the bushes, until a police dog sniffed him out.

The ambulance, which operates out of DeKalb County, was parked at Grady Memorial Hospital when it was taken just before 3 a.m. Tuesday. Police said an EMS driver was cleaning the rear of the running vehicle when a suspect, 38-year-old Jermaine McCommons, jumped inside and drove away.

Grady Memorial Hospital officials used a GPS device inside the ambulance to track it and relay its location to police. Atlanta Police Capt. Terrell Griffin said McCommons drove the ambulance from Atlanta to Cobb County. Investigators followed, but canceled the chase when the speed became excessive.

McCommons eventually returned to southeast Atlanta, then drove the ambulance into a light pole in the 300 block of Kelly Street, causing minor damage. He jumped out of the vehicle and ran, stripping off his clothing as he escaped.

Griffin said Arass, a 3-year-old "hero" K-9, picked up a scent from the discarded clothing and tracked McCommons to a drainage sewer near Interstate 20. McCommons was taken into custody about 30 minutes after crashing the ambulance. He was charged with auto theft and several other traffic-related counts.

"We found one of his shirts, so we knew we were somewhat on the right track. And then we found his shoe," said Atlanta Police Officer Robert Godwin, the dog's partner.

Arass followed the scent in an area that is difficult for even search helicopters and ground patrols to search in the dark.

"At the beginning of Capital Avenue, she jumped the wall went around the corner of the sound barrier. There he was laying in the bushes," Godwin said.

Godwin was quick to share credit for the capture with the ground team that secured the perimeter and tracked the ambulance by GPS.

Suspect McCommons waived his first scheduled court appeared Wednesday morning.




Truck driver likely to be cited in ambulance crash - North Dakota

Tuesday, April 7, 2015  By Lauren Donovan

A crash involving a loaded ambulance at a busy intersection in the oil patch remains under investigation.

The crash occurred late Friday afternoon when the ambulance was pulling off of Highway 68 onto Highway 85 toward Williston and was struck by an oncoming eastbound pickup, according to North Dakota Highway Patrol Lt. Jamie Huschka.

Watford City ambulance personnel LeRoy DeFoe, Jim Johnsrud and Yvonne Johnsrud and the ambulance occupants, mother Ashley Amato, 19, and her infant, were treated and released at a Williston hospital, according to Huschka.

A second ambulance from Alexander was called in after the Watford City one was hit and sustained severe damage to the front end.

Huschka said the driver of the striking vehicle, Paul Graham, 45, of Watford City may be cited pending the outcome of the investigation. He said the driver refused medical assistance.

“There is a lot going on here,” he said of the incident investigation.

Huschka said it appears that alcohol was not a factor in the crash, though it’s unclear why the driver didn’t slow or stop to give the ambulance right-of-way when other oncoming vehicles had.

The original ambulance call was made for the baby who apparently fell from an unsecured car seat at the Wild Bison Truck Stop at the highway intersection. The baby and its mother were being transported in the ambulance when the crash occurred.

The Department of Transportation has plans to slow traffic through the intersection to 55 mph and install signal lighting.

The extra safety features are part of the department’s efforts to improve conditions on what is reported to be one of the busiest and deadliest highways in North Dakota. 



Woman remains in critical condition after ambulance crash - Michigan

Tuesday, April 7, 2015  One person remains in critical condition after a crash with an ambulance Wednesday.

Michael Reaves, director of the Port Huron Department of Public Safety, said it’s too early to say whether any citations will be given in the crash.

Once police conclude their investigation, the results will be sent to the prosecutor’s office, Reaves said.

The crash happened about 9:10 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Pine Grove Avenue and Harker Street, according to a statement from police.

A Tri-Hospital EMS ambulance was traveling in an “emergency capacity” south of Pine Grove Avenue with a 71-year-old patient.

The ambulance driver, according to the statement, went through a red light at Harker and hit the driver’s side of a vehicle exiting the Interstate 94/I-69 connector onto Harker Street. Reaves said investigators found the ambulance was using lights and sirens at the time of the crash.

The ambulance driver, a medic and a firefighter on board the ambulance were taken to hospitals and later released. The patient was transferred to another ambulance and taken to the hospital.

The 26-year-old woman driving the car and the 20-year-old China Township man who was a passenger were taken to McLaren Port Huron and later transferred to McLaren Macomb.

The woman remains in critical condition, Reaves said. He said the man is in stable condition with a broken jaw.




Police: Man stole ambulance, crashed it after chase through Cobb - Georgia

Tuesday, April 7, 2015  By Mike Morris

A suspect was in custody early Tuesday after allegedly stealing an ambulance from outside Grady Memorial Hospital and leading police on a chase through Cobb County before ditching the emergency vehicle in southeast Atlanta.

Channel 2 Action news reported that the ambulance was stolen as a paramedic cleaned out the back of the vehicle. The keys were in the ignition, police said.

The ambulance, which is owned by American Medical Response and operates primarily out of DeKalb County, had a tracking device.

Police tracked the stolen ambulance into Cobb County, where officers backed off a chase when speeds got dangerously fast, according to Channel 2.

The suspect later wrecked the ambulance along Kelly Street in southeast Atlanta and took off on foot, but after about 30 minutes, an Atlanta police K9 unit tracked him to where he was hiding in a nearby drainage sewer.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said Jermaine McCommons, 38, was arrested and charged with theft by taking auto and “a host of other traffic-related charges.”

The ambulance sustained minor damage when the suspect struck a pole, police said.



No fatalities reported in ambulance crash - North Dakota

Sunday, April 5, 2015  An ambulance crashed this weekend at the intersection of N.D. Highway 68 and U.S. Highway 85 in McKenzie County.

The ambulance was carrying a mother and her baby, according to the North Dakota State Highway Patrol. Another ambulance was dispatched.

A 2014 crash report for major North Dakota highways, prepared by the state Department of Transportation, reveals that U.S. Highway 85 — the main drag through the state’s prolific oil production zone — leads in all categories of fatal accidents, injury accidents and property damage accidents.

DOT spokeswoman Jamie Olson said, in February, the department will be slowing speeds to 55 mph, installing a traffic signal, lighting and delineator reflectors on U.S. Highway 85 where it intersects with N.D. Highway 68.

This story is developing. 



Driver going wrong way on expressway hits ambulance - Pennsylvania

Sunday, April 5, 2015  SCRANTON — A Commonwealth Health ambulance was involved in a two-vehicle wreck on the Central Scranton Expressway near the Harrison Avenue bridge Friday afternoon.

The wreck occurred when a car drove the wrong way on the expressway. No patients were on board, and three hospital employees were uninjured, spokeswoman Renita Fennick said. 



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