We regret to pass on that an Indiana EMT was killed in the Line of Duty this morning after the driver of that ambulance ran a red light and crashed into a car in Miami County.
Initial reports are that Christine Wesner, 26, was driving the ambulance south on U.S. 31 when she approached a red light at the intersection with State Road 218-and apparently had fallen asleep.
The ambulance struck a car that was attempting to turn north onto U.S. 31 from State Road 218. The impact of the crash caused the ambulance to roll on its side. EMT Mousa Chaban, 32, of was partially ejected from the ambulance and was killed in the Line of Duty. A five-month-old patient and the patient’s mother were also in the ambulance, however they were not injured.
The driver of the car and a passenger were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Wesner was not injured in the crash and neither alcohol or narcotics are suspected of having a role in the crash.
EMT’s Wesner and Chaban, from Tri-County Ambulance Service (based in Wakarusa, Indiana), were transporting the five month old from a South Bend hospital to a hospital in Indianapolis.
Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.
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