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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. 



Man sentenced for stealing ambulance, leading police on chase - California

Monday, December 15, 2014  POSTED BY 

A man was sentenced to three years and eight months in state prison for stealing an ambulance from paramedics who had been treating him and leading police on a chase that ended in a crash, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.

Mohamed Ali-Majad Zahr, 21, pleaded no contest Thursday to one count each of carjacking and evading arrest, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Paramedics were treating Zahr on Oct. 19 in downtown Los Angeles when he unbuckled himself from a gurney in the ambulance and ran away, according to Deputy District Attorney Michael Dean.

Zahr approached a nearby Toyota Camry, tried to get inside, then ran back to the ambulance after the female motorist honked the car’s horn, authorities said.

Paramedics jumped out of the ambulance’s back compartment as Zahr drove away, authorities said.

Police, as well as a fire captain, chased the ambulance until Zahr crashed it into a minivan near Beverly Boulevard and Union Place, authorities said.

Two people were injured in the crash. 



Two people charged in ambulance vs SUV wreck - North Carolina

Saturday, December 13, 2014  Two people have been charged in a wreck involving an ambulance, a car, and a sport utility vehicle at a busy Greenville intersection.

Master Police Officer Edward Butts says the accident at the intersection of Arlington Blvd and Evans St happened around 1:50 p.m. Sunday. 

A Vanceboro ambulance, operating its lights and sirens, was traveling west on Arlington Blvd while a Ford Escape SUV was traveling north on Evans St. Police say the driver of the ambulance believed the intersection was clear before proceeding through it.

The SUV had a green traffic signal and also proceeded through the intersection.

The ambulance and SUV collided at the intersection. The SUV subsequently hit another car before flipping over on its top.

The driver of the SUV and car were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The patient on board the ambulance was successfully transported to Vidant Medical Center.

Evans St. was shutdown for about an hour while drivers on Arlington were allowed to pass, but not allowed to turn on Evans St.

The driver of the ambulance, 31-year-old Crystal Stropp, was cited for failing to yield. The driver of the Ford Escape, 54-year-old Melvin Streeter, was cited with driving while impaired. Additional charges could follow. 

The wreck is still being investigated. 



Pedestrian hurt after truck hits ambulance at scene of earlier crash - Canada

Saturday, December 13, 2014  By 

WINNIPEG – A man was hit by an ambulance at a crash scene when it was pushed into him by a third vehicle in a hit-and-run on Tuesday morning.

Stonewall RCMP were on the scene of an earlier crash involving two vehicles that were in the ditch off CentrePort Canada Way, about two kilometres west of Brookside Boulevard, at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The drivers of those two vehicles had minor injuries and an ambulance was at the scene, with its emergency lights on, parked in the curb lane of the westbound lanes.

A westbound pickup truck hit the ambulance, knocking it into a man who had arrived because one of his family members was in the first crash, RCMP said in a news release.

That man and the two paramedics in the ambulance were then injured.

The driver of the pickup truck fled, police said.

The Highway Traffic Act was amended in September to state that drivers on multi-lane roads must slow down and move over when approaching emergency vehicles. 



White Township woman accused of assault on EMT, resisting arrest - Pennsylvania

Saturday, December 13, 2014  A 44-year-old Indiana County woman who attacked a paramedic summoned to treat her Monday is being held in the county jail on aggravated assault and resisting arrest charges. 

State police in Indiana said a family counselor was visiting Lisa Dawn Rocco, who lives in the Indiana Suites Apartment complex in White Township, when Rocco become aggressive about 3:09 p.m. The counselor called an ambulance from Citizen's Emergency Medical Service in Indiana. 

Trooper Jonathan Lindsay said when two paramedics arrived and attempted to speak with Rocco, she became belligerent. 

“The defendant then began to repeatedly push and punch (one) Emergency Medical Technician in the attempt to attack him,” Lindsay wrote in the affidavit. 

Lindsay said the paramedics left the building and called state police. Troopers said when they arrived, Lindsay was combative and resisted arrest when they tried to handcuff her. 

Lindsay said the EMT did not require medical treatment. 

Rocco was arraigned before Clymer District Judge George Thachik on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, harassment, and resisting arrest. She was ordered held at the county jail after failing to post $20,000 bail pending a preliminary hearing Dec. 16 before Thachik.



Brake failure caused ambulance to rear-end car - Indiana

Saturday, December 13, 2014  Ron Wilkins,

eremiah Smith stepped on the brakes of the westbound ambulance he was driving and discovered they didn't work, according to West Lafayette police.

The ambulance rear ended a Chevy HHR stopped on Sagamore Parkway in front of Covington Street in West Lafayette around 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

Mary Hedden, 53, of West Lafayette, complained of pain in her neck and was transported to a local hospital for treatment, police said. Hedden's husband was a passenger in the car. He was not injured, police said.

Smith, 37, of Colfax, was not injured, and the patient he was transporting was not injured either. The patient was transferred to another ambulance and taken to her destination, police said.

The accident snarled westbound traffic on for about 15 minutes until the vehicles were moved onto Covington Street while police finished the investigation. 



Boston EMT describes being bit, scratched by patient

Saturday, December 13, 2014  By Greg Friese

BOSTON, Mass. — EMT Tony O'Brien, a 15-year veteran of Boston EMS, recalls the moment he was bitten and scratched on his face and neck after an intoxicated female patient attacked him and his partner Sean Feeney on December 10.

"We were dispatched for a priority three illness at a hotel," O'Brien said. "The staff told us the adult female was in the 8th floor hallway."

The patient, slumped against the wall, had an unknown level of consciousness.

"I shook her shoulder and heard her mumble so I knew she was breathing," he said.

To better assess the patient's airway and level of consciousness, O'Brien moved her long hair away from her face and noticed she was tapping a message on her phone.

"I asked her to put down the phone and that is when she exploded; going into a rage, screaming, shouting, and scratching at us," he said.

O'Brien and Feeney immediately called for additional EMS and law enforcement. "We were able to move the patient into a prone position and began to apply the mechanical restraints we are allowed to use," he said. "As I reached for the patient's left wrist, my left hand got to close to her face and she bit me."

Backup arrives

Another Boston EMS unit, ambulance 8, arrived quickly and assisted O'Brien and Feeney as they finished restraining the patient.

"We had her rolling down the hall on the cot as the police arrived."

The ambulance 8 crew continued caring for the patient/assailant so O'Brien could initiate care for his wound.

At the hospital O'Brien was met by a supervisor, shift commander, and police officers.

"I received routine wound care at the hospital for the scratches to my face and neck, as well as irrigation and cleaning of the hand bite."

Charges of assault and battery are being filed against the assailant.

"At Boston EMS we are absolutely supported and encouraged by management to press charges."

Not his first assault

"About five years ago I was assaulted by a patient," O'Brien said. The previous assailant, also an intoxicated female, was sentenced to community service and probation, and asked by the judge to apologize to O'Brien, who was present in the court room.

The convicted assailant's apology of, ‘If I did that, then I am sorry’ made the judge "go crazy and he doubled the sentence," O’Brien said.

Violence against EMS: A national problem

O'Brien, a member of Boston EMS for almost 15 years, is also the treasurer of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association’s EMS division.

"Assault is common place for Boston EMS," he said.

But it reaches far outside the city as well. O'Brien attended the recent International Association of EMS Chiefs conference, where he participated in a round table discussion about violence against EMS personnel.

“We discussed the need for national data on violence against EMS providers," he said.

The types of patients that turn on EMS, becoming assailants, "runs the gamut from intoxicated individuals to victims of assault that now want to get the best of somebody else," he said.

O'Brien, with a sore hand, returned to work the day after the injury.  



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