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Portion of Loop 1604 closed following car wreck with ambulance, police say - Texas

Monday, June 16, 2014  SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Fire Department was called to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on W. Loop 1604 near Shanefield Road.

A private ambulance from Rapid Emergency Ambulance Service and another vehicle were involved in the accident, a spokesperson for the fire department said.

Three patients were treated by paramedics at the scene, two were transported to a nearby hospital.

One patient was reportedly in critical condition.

The area near the accident was blocked off to traffic on Loop 1604. 



Truck smashes into ambulance responding to accident - Oklahoma

Monday, June 16, 2014  UPDATE: The driver of the truck, Nicholas Christensen, 24, has been arrested for driving while intoxicated. 

Police say Christensen ran a red light at the intersection of Sheridan and Gore overnight, traveling westbound. That's when he slammed into the Reynolds Army Hospital ambulance traveling to another accident. 

Police told 7News a few ambulance EMTs did receive minor injuries in the collision, but thankfully, no one was seriously injured.

LAWTON, Okla_ A scary scene overnight Saturday in Lawton.

A violent collision flips an ambulance on its top in one of Lawton's busiest intersections, the corner of Sheridan Road and Gore Boulevard.  

Police say the ambulance was in route to another accident, when the driver of a pickup slammed into it. 

Witnesses say the impact sent the ambulance spinning into a light pole, before rolling onto its side.  

No one was seriously injured. 

The driver of this pickup truck is now in police custody on suspicion of driving under the influence. 

"There were police cars everywhere, ambulances everywhere, the fire engines were there ... I was wondering what was going on," Cindy Rodriguez, who heard the accident, said.

Complete chaos, bright lights, a toppled street light and a massive cleanup overnight Saturday.
Witnesses say it was a scene taken straight from an action movie.  

"We were going to Walmart to drop somebody off and on our way back we heard all kinds of fire engines and police cars, and ambulances going past. We got up to the intersection and we saw the ambulance flipped off and the truck hit a pole," Rodriguez said.

A bizarre scene just after 2 Saturday morning. An ambulance left on its side, and while many witnesses say they didn't see the accident, they heard it.  
"Metal crashing on concrete, very loud," Kreana Cintron said.

Police say the ambulance was responding to an emergency call on Sheridan, when the driver of the pickup, traveling west on Gore, made impact.  
The force sending the ambulance in a tailspin, forcing the street light to the ground.  

"I thought someone could have seriously been hurt, especially in the truck," Cintron said.

"It looked pretty bad, I thought for sure somebody got hurt bad," Rodriguez said.

The acciden remains under investigation.

Police say the ambulance was from Reynolds Army Hospital.

Two Fort Sill soldiers assisting the EMT on his calls were also inside and all escaped injury.   



Woman dies after ambulance crash - Texas

Monday, June 16, 2014  By Mark Wilson

SAN ANTONIO — A woman being transported to a hospital in an ambulance that was T-boned by a car Friday has died.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner confirmed Saturday that Jessie Lucear, 72, died shortly after the crash, which happened just before 11 a.m. on North Loop 1604 West and Shaenfield Road.

It was unclear exactly what role the collision played in Lucear's death, if any.

The ambulance was making a left turn at a green traffic light onto Shaenfield Road from Loop 1604.

A woman identified by police as Helen Madigan, 59, failed to stop at a red light and crashed into the ambulance, according to SAPD

Madigan, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was taken to University Hospital in critical condition.

Police said they do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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1 sent to the hospital after accident involving ambulance - South Carolina

Wednesday, June 11, 2014  AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- A two-car accident involving an ambulance sent one person to the hospital Tuesday afternoon, South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

A South Star Ambulance and another car crashed on Pine Log Road near Oxford Trace Court in Aiken around 2 p.m., the Aiken County Sheriff's Office said.

The person sent to the hospital had minor injuries, SCHP said. 



Brookline man allegedly heaves chair at paramedic - Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 11, 2014  By Erin Clossey

A Brookline man who allegedly threw a transport chair at a paramedic trying to help his wife was arrested on Saturday, June 7.Richard Joyce, 62, was arrested at 9:24 p.m., and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery on an emergency medical technician.First responders were at the home of a woman who fell and cut her face. Police had stepped outside to let the paramedics work when one of them came back out to tell them they needed help with the patient’s husband, who was "acting belligerent, aggressive and assaultive," according to the report.Police went up and talked to Joyce, who said he was unhappy with the treatment his wife was getting, according to the report. He told police he only yelled at the paramedics, and when asked how a transport chair came to be at the bottom of the stairs, he said a paramedic tripped and knocked it down, police said.Once the patient was at the hospital, a paramedic told police that earlier they had strapped the woman into a chair used to bring patients down stairs, and were getting ready to leave when Joyce starting swearing at them, saying to one of them, "You fat f---. Do you know who I am?" The paramedic said he was on his way to get the police when Joyce allegedly pushed his shoulder, cocked his right hand and took a stance like he was going to hit him, according to the report.Joyce continued to swear at the ambulance workers, so they left the patient strapped into the chair and went down to get officers, they said. Joyce followed them outside, then went back in, unstrapped his wife and put her in a living room chair. He then allegedly picked up the transport chair and threw it at a paramedic as his back was turned. It missed, but hit another man in the leg, according to the report.



5 people injured in ambulance crash in West Haven - Connecticut

Tuesday, June 10, 2014  WEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - Five people were injured when an ambulance collided with another motor vehicle in West Haven on Monday afternoon, police said. The crash was reported in the area of Boston Post Road and Pruden Street just before 11:30 a.m. 

The ambulance, which was transporting a patient, was traveling eastbound on Boston Post Road headed to a local hospital when police said it collided with another vehicle heading southbound on Pruden Street.

The three ambulance workers, a firefighter, the patient that was being transported to the hospital and the driver of the other vehicle were all taken to the hospital, according to police.

No conditions of the patients were released by police.

"No fault has been determined at this writing," police said in a release Monday. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 



EMT injured in Oconee County ambulance wreck released from hospital - Georgia

Tuesday, June 10, 2014  By Joe Johnson

An EMT who was seriously injured last month when her ambulance wrecked while responding to a call in Oconee County was released from the hospital on Sunday.

Kayla Smith had undergone three surgeries since the May 31 crash and she may need at least one more, according to Don Cargile, community relations director for National EMS.

She suffered a fractured femur and wrist, among other injuries, in the crash.

Cargile said Smith faces many months of rehabilitation before she can return to work.

“We’re just glad that she is going as well as she is,” Cargile said. “It could have been much worse, and it shows what seat belts can do when you’ve got them on.”

The Georgia State Patrol said the crash was caused when a motorist failed to yield to the ambulance on U.S. Highway 441 near High Shoals Road. After striking that car, the ambulance rolled over into a ditch where it struck a utility pole.

Smith was trapped in the ambulance and it took a lengthy extraction operation to get her out.

When released from Athens Regional Medical Center Sunday afternoon, she was transported home by coworkers in a National EMS ambulance, Cargile said.

Coworkers also helped to build a ramp at the injured EMT’s home to make it more accessible for her, Cargile said.

Smith has a cast on her wrist, a knee brace, and her leg is in a splint, he said.

The driver of the ambulance when it wrecked was treated at the hospital and released the same day.

An EMS student from Athens Technical College riding in the back of the ambulance also was treated and released.

Cargile called the crash the worst to involve a National EMS ambulance since the emergency service agency was started in 1976.

“It was a rough week for all of us,” he said.

Smith’s mother, Delaine Norman, is a National EMS paramedic and was on the first ambulance to arrive at the scene of her daughter’s accident.

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Oxford ambulance flips in wreck on Highway 21 - Alabama

Sunday, June 8, 2014  OXFORD, Ala. -Oxford police and paramedics working a wreck Thursday afternoon narrowly avoided additional injury as another vehicle crashed into the accident site minutes late.

The first collision involved an ambulance responding to an emergency call.  It flipped on its side when struck by a black Saturn coupe.

Police Chief Bill Partridge said the Oxford EMS ambulance left the shopping center containing Walmart and the Oxford post office just after 12:30 p.m.  The ambulance was headed west on Plaza Drive as it crossed the Highway 21 southbound lanes.

"The EMS unit was almost clear of the intersection when a vehicle had passed stopped traffic on the right hand side in the right lane, and made contact with the ambulance causing it to overturn," Partridge said.

It happened right in front of Travis Lang, who was on his way to Walmart to pick up a prescription.  He said he heard the siren and watched the ambulance ease through the intersection.

Then he saw the crash.

"Very frightening.  Something I really don't look forward to seeing again," Lang said.

He pulled over to the side of the road and got out to check on the ambulance driver.  Lang said the man was moving and did not seem seriously hurt.

"I was really concerned that somebody might be in the back of the ambulance.  Because it rolled and it hit so hard, it frightened me," he said.

The back was empty as the ambulance was on the way to pick someone up on an emergency call.  Another ambulance arrived to tend to the drivers, and then there was another crash.

Investigators said less than 10 minutes after the first wreck, a silver Hyundai coupe drove straight into the Saturn as police were in the process of blocking off the road.

"We had an individual who had passed out at the wheel and drifted over into the wrecked vehicle," Chief Partridge said.

Police said one of the officers missed being hit by just a few feet.  Investigators are trying to determine if the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Witnesses said the man was unconscious as first responders got him out of the car and put him on the ground.  Lang said he saw police searching the Hyundai, and the man was conscious as paramedics put him in an ambulance.

Partridge said he hopes people will learn from this crash to be aware of sirens and flashing lights.

"When you see an emergency vehicle, please yield to that emergency vehicle.  They're trying to get to an emergency call and they can't do it if they can't get there safely," he said.

The ambulance EMT and the driver of the Saturn were treated for non-serious injuries and released from an area hospital.

Chief Partridge said the driver of the Hyundai, who was unconscious when he crashed into the Saturn, was still receiving medical care late Thursday afternoon.




Crash Video

Wednesday, June 4, 2014  Thanks to for sharing this story with us

The driver who Highway Patrol troopers say caused a wreck Monday involving an ambulance had been drinking before the crash.  Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over the scene on Stanley-Spencer Mountain Road in Gastonia.
The driver, who troopers identified as Blair Orr, crossed the center line and hit a Gaston County EMS ambulance.  Five people, including two Stanly Civil Defense Rescue Squad EMTs were rushed to the hospital.
Only Eyewitness News obtained video from Gaston County EMS that shows inside and outside that ambulance in seconds leading up to the crash and the moment of impact.

Both EMT’s were released from the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon.



Crash Involving Ambulance In Lexington - Kentucky

Tuesday, June 3, 2014  An ambulance was involved in a crash in Lexington Tuesday morning.

The crash happened around 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of South Limestone and University Avenue. Officials say the Georgetown - Scott County ambulance was transporting a patient to UK Hospital. Nobody was hurt in the crash. Another ambulance responded to take the patient on to the hospital.

There is no information on the cause of the accident at this time.

Officials say inbound lanes of South Limestone were blocked as of 9 a.m. One outbound lane remained open. 



Driver charged with DWI after wreck involving ambulance injures 5 - North Carolina

Tuesday, June 3, 2014  By Paige Hansen


The driver who Highway Patrol troopers say caused a wreck Monday involving an ambulance had been drinking before the crash.  Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over the scene on Stanley-Spencer Mountain Road in Gastonia. 
The driver, who troopers identified as Blair Orr, crossed the center line and hit a Gaston County EMS ambulance.  Five people, including two Stanly Civil Defense Rescue Squad EMTs were rushed to the hospital.
Only Eyewitness News obtained video from Gaston County EMS that shows inside and outside that ambulance in seconds leading up to the crash and the moment of impact.
It is a 12-second video and in it, you can see just how quickly things can change.
A Gaston County EMS ambulance had its lights and sirens on, headed to an emergency to assist a medic that was already on scene, Highway Patrol said.
But around a curve, troopers say Blair Orr, the driver of the Honda sedan had been drinking, was speeding and driving recklessly. They say he was starting to crash and tried to over-correct. 
In the video, Orr veers over the center line and crashes head-on into the ambulance. It all happened in front of Lucille Sherrill's 

"I felt it," Sherrill said. "I felt like it was something like a tree hit the ground." 
Linda Rector also saw the crash and says she sits on her front porch most days with her coffee and watches the road.
"They were just completely demolished," Rector said of the ambulance and car involved in Monday's crash. "The ambulance's front end, there was nothing left."
Highway Patrol confirms Orr was in the car with his wife, Brianna.  They say neither was wearing a seat belt.
Today, Brianna Orr is still in intensive care and has brain injuries because of the crash, according to troopers.  The couple's niece was buckled in the and is expected to be OK, troopers say.

"It was bad. I just know that, it was bad," Rector said. 
Watchful neighbors want more patrol along this stretch of road watching for drivers who they say rarely go the 35 mile per hour speed limit.  
Both EMT's were released from the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon.

The driver already has been charged with DWI and could face more charges, including reckless driving.  



EMT injured in Oconee County ambulance wreck faces long recovery - Georgia

Tuesday, June 3, 2014  An EMT seriously injured Saturday when her ambulance wrecked while responding to a call in Oconee County now faces a long recovery.

Kayla Smith had surgery to repair extensive leg and arm injuries following the wreck and underwent additional surgery on Monday, according to Don Cargile, community relations director for National EMS.

Smith is a single mother with three young children. She is expected to be out of work for at least six months as she recovers.

Supporters have set up a account for anyone wishing to help. The page,, had raised more than $9,500 by Monday afternoon on the way to reaching a fundraising goal of $20,000.

Other supporters set up an account on, which sells T-shirts as a means to help those in need. The T-shirt supporting Smith’s cause reads, “EMS: More than friends and coworkers ... we are family.” All proceeds from the T-shirt sales will be directly donated to Smith and her family, according to the website found at

The owner of Grand Slam Guns in Bogart, whose son is a coworker of Smith's at National EMS, is raffling off a shotgun with all proceeds going to the injured EMT. Information about the raffle can be found at

Smith was a passenger in a National EMS ambulance that overturned when it collided with a car that pulled into its path on U.S. Highway 441 near High Shoals Road.

After a lengthy extraction operation by rescue personnel, Smith was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the ambulance was treated and released, Cargile said.

An EMS student from Athens Technical College riding in the back of the ambulance also was treated at the hospital and released, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The wreck was caused when a Bishop resident turned her car left instead of right when attempting to get out of the way of the ambulance as it approached from behind, GSP Trooper Chris Jones said.

The ambulance, which had its emergency lights and siren activated, crossed the double yellow line to pass slowed traffic when the woman’s car turned into its path, according to the trooper.

The woman was not issued a citation, Jones said, but was given a written warning for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

“She thought she was doing the right thing,” the trooper said. “If she had just stayed where she was and not turned left, there would not have been a crash.”

Cargile called it the worst wreck involving a National EMS ambulance since the emergency service started in 1976.

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Ambulance involved in late night crash - New York

Tuesday, June 3, 2014  BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – An ambulance was involved in a crash Sunday night, in Hamburg.

You can see in the included photo that the front in of the ambulance suffered a lot of damage. It happened around 11 p.m. Sunday, on Camp Road and Columbia Street.

Hamburg Police and Rural Metro haven’t released many details on the incident. News 4 is working to learn if anyone was hurt in the crash.




Ambulance struck by car while responding to emergency - New Hampshire

Tuesday, June 3, 2014  An ambulance was struck by another vehicle as it was responding to an emergency call on Monday morning in Hudson, New Hampshire.

At 10:25 a.m., Hudson Police were called to the area of Lowell Road near Winnhaven Drive for a report of a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a passenger vehicle had collided with a Hudson Fire Department ambulance which was responding to a medical emergency on Winnhaven Drive.

According to police, the ambulance was headed south on Lowell Road with its lights and siren activated. As it attempted to turn onto Winnhaven Drive, it was struck by a silver 2008 Mazda 6. The Mazda was driven by Gabriella Mastantuono, 27, of Nashua, New Hampshire. Her infant son was also inside the vehicle.

No one was injured, and both vehicles sustained moderate damage in the crash. The accident remains under investigation. 



5 injured in crash involving ambulance in Gaston Co. - North Carolina

Tuesday, June 3, 2014  STANLEY, N.C. — 

Five people were taken to a hospital after a wreck involving an ambulance, according to the Spencer Mountain Fire Department.

The accident happened around 3:50 p.m. Monday at 200 Stanly-Spencer Mt. Road in Stanley.
Officials said the ambulance was headed to a call when the wreck happened. According to a release from Gaston County EMS, the other vehicle involved may have been maneuvering around a moped when the accident occurred.

The ambulance and a car collided. Five people were injured. One person from the car was in critical condition. 



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