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Ambulance involved in crash at 78th, Sorensen - Nebraska

Friday, June 27, 2014  By Jay Withrow / World-Herald staff writer

Two people were seriously injured Thursday in a two-vehicle traffic accident in north Omaha that included an ambulance transporting a patient.

According to Douglas County emergency 911 dispatchers, it was not clear whether the two people who were seriously injured and taken to Creighton University Medical Center were members of the ambulance crew.

The crash occurred at North 78th Street and Sorensen Parkway about 1:10 p.m.

The ambulance involved in the crash was from Bennington, Nebraska, the dispatchers said, and it was taking a patient in critical condition to Immanuel Medical Center, 6901 N. 72nd St. 



Ambulance Involved in Crash - Nebraska

Friday, June 27, 2014  An Irvington ambulance was involved in a traffic accident that closed Sorensen Parkway Thursday afternoon.

It happened around 1 p.m.

Police say the ambulance was transporting a cardiac patient to the hospital. Its lights and sirens were on when the driver of a Toyota Camry ran the red light at 78th Street.

The driver of the Camry and the patient were hospitalized. The patient was in critical condition.

Three Irvington firefighters were taken to the hospital to get checked out. 




Police: Patient overpowers EMS workers, steals, crashes ambulance - Kentucky

Wednesday, June 25, 2014  SHELBY COUNTY, Ky. —Police said a patient overpowered two first responders and stole their ambulance late Tuesday night.

The American Medical Response ambulance was supposed to conclude its run at Our Lady of Peace psychiatric hospital in Louisville.

Instead, things took an unexpected turn on the ride from a hospital in Richmond, Kentucky.

During the drive through Franklin County, Kentucky State Police said the patient became violent.

According to an AMR spokesman, the incident escalated near exit 48 in Waddy, when the patient got away from the paramedic in the back, went through the causeway and confronted the driver.

AMR said as he pulled over, the EMS worker in the back jumped out of the ambulance to come around and help her partner, but it was too late.

The patient allegedly pushed the driver out of the vehicle then sped away, stranding both EMS workers on the side of the busy interstate.

It took police just 10 minutes to catch up with the man, but they stressed it was not a chase.

Police took the man into custody and brought him to University of Louisville hospital for evaluation.

The ambulance suffered some minor damage, but the workers were not injured.

Police have not released the man's name and there's no word on what charges he'll face.

Kentucky State Police were assisted by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, the East 60 Fire Department, the Waddy Fire Department and Shelby County EMS.



Shock in Greene County after Deadly Ambulance Crash - Mississippi

Wednesday, June 25, 2014  Sand Hill, Mississippi -People in Greene County Mississippi are still in shock after the deaths of two paramedics Tuesday.

The men died in a fiery crash on Highway 63 in Sand Hill.

According to Mississippi Highway Patrol officials, an ASAP ambulance was traveling north bound on Highway 63, heading to a medical call.

The ambulance approached a semi truck, and then made an attempt to overtake the truck and another semi hauling a bulldozer in front, the ambulance went in to the left lane, and the lead semi in front made a left hand turn in front of them, they collided.

The two men in the ambulance were pronounced dead on the scene.

They were very well known and well liked by both people they worked with and helped out.

“These guys were known across several counties they have worked here for several years and I had a great working relationship with both of them and they are just like family to us all and we are just stunned by it,” said Greene County EMA Director Trent Robertson.

“Tremendous people. Amazing. They are going to be missed for a long time,” said Delane Burnham, who frequently served them at his restaurant. “God bless their families and you can never replace them. They will never be replaced.”

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. They have not been able to notify all immediate family members. The names of the paramedics have not been released. 



Man in custody after stolen ambulance crash - Kentucky

Wednesday, June 25, 2014  SHELBY COUNTY (WKYT) - A suspect is in custody after a crash involving a stolen ambulance in Shelby County.

It happened late Tuesday night near the Waddy-Peytona ramp off I-64.

Dispatchers say the ambulance was coming from Franklin County when the paramedics were forced out of the vehicle.

State police say they received the distress call from the ambulance shortly before 11 o'clock Tuesday night.
The American Medical Response ambulance was just about 5 miles from the Waddy-Peytona exit when it pulled off to the side of the highway.

The patient they were transporting, got behind the wheel and drove it several miles west on I-64, before getting off near the Waddy-Peytona exit.
Police picked up the ambulance crew on the side of the highway, and found the stolen ambulance within 10 minutes of receiving the call.

"We always respond as quickly as possible to any emergency call that we get, but especially when it's another EMS, another emergency services vehicle. We know that the potential for danger is there," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Kendra Wilson.

The patient was taken to the University of Louisville for observation, according to police. 



Ambulance crew killed in fiery Greene County crash - Mississippi

Wednesday, June 25, 2014  By Ryan Moore

An ASAP ambulance crew is dead after a two-vehicle wreck involving  an 18-wheeler on Highway 63 in Greene County around 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.

According to Mississippi Highway Patrol officials, an ASAP ambulance  was traveling north bound on Highway 63, heading to a medical call, red lights initiated but no sirens. The ambulance approached a semi truck, and then made an attempt to overtake the truck and another semi hauling a bulldozer in front, the ambulance went in to the left lane, and the lead semi in front made a left hand turn in front of them, they collided.

After collision the ambulance burst in to flames, as a result of the crash and the fire, two fatalities, which were the driver and occupant of the ambulance were confirmed at the scene.

The names of the two ambulance crew members have not been released, pending positive identification from the Mississippi Crime Lab.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was transported from the scene by ambulance with minor injuries from the scene just south of Piave Plaza Road.   



Man killed in River Rd. accident identified - Kentucky

Wednesday, June 25, 2014  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – An ambulance responding to an emergency call was involved in an accident just east of Downtown Louisville Monday afternoon that killed one person.

The accident happened at the intersection of Frankfort Avenue and River Road. Police said the ambulance carrying two medical personnel was traveling east on River Road when it smashed into a Geo Metro.

“Apparently there was a blue Geo Metro that was attempting to make a right turn from Frankfort Avenue onto eastbound River Road. As a result of that collision, the driver of the Geo Metro received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene,” LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.

The coroner identified the driver of the Geo Metro as 48-year-old Christopher O'Bryan.

Emergency crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the EMS workers from the truck.

LMPD is still investigating the specifics of the accident. It’s not clear how fast the ambulance was traveling at the time of impact which could be a factor.

According to, the average ambulance truck weighs slightly more than 14,000 pounds, that’s more than six times the average weight of the Geo Metro.

Police said the siren was working at the time of the collision. 

“These vehicles are traveling at a high rate of speed but they are trained for that type of vehicle operation. They are trained to be evasive when necessary and we ask for the public’s help in listening for sirens and looking for lights,” Kristen Miller, Chief of staff at Metro EMS, said.

The EMS workers were transported to the hospital, their condition is unknown. 



UPDATE: Victim killed in River Road collision identified - Kentucky

Wednesday, June 25, 2014  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials have identified the victim killed in an ambulance-involved accident Monday night.

Christopher D. O'Bryan, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash according to Deputy Coroner Jim Wesley.

Louisville Metro Police responded to an injury accident at Frankfort Avenue and River Road. 

It was a chaotic scene on River Road and Frankfort Avenue as Metro Police, Fire and EMS responded to a fatal crash involving two of their own.“EMS emergency vehicle was going eastbound on River Road to make an emergency run," LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said. 

Mitchell said there was a collision after the driver of a Geo Metro turned right onto River Road from Frankfort Avenue. “As a result of that collision, the driver of the Geo Metro received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene," Mitchell said. 

Meanwhile, as neighbors looked on, firefighters worked to rescue the crew inside the ambulance.“They are pretty serious, traumatic injuries, they both were extricated from the vehicle," EMS Chief of Staff Kristen Miller explained.

The injuries were serious enough that Metro EMS CEO Dr. Neal Richmond even responded to the scene. “It is good to have a physician in your agency when something like this happens because he was able to get in there and talk with the crew and he even rode with one of the crew members to the hospital," Miller added. 

In a bit of sad irony, the initial call that started the ambulance wasn’t evennecessary. Miller said, “There wasn't even a need to dispatch another ambulance. Unfortunately right after it happened, the call was canceled to dispatch." 

Traffic investigators are still reconstructing the accident to determine who, if anyone is at fault. “We're still in the very early stages of the investigation,” Mitchell said, “and that's what our traffic officers are doing now, interviewing witnesses and things of this nature to get a more definitive as for what happened." 



1 dead, 2 EMS workers injured in crash involving ambulance - Kentucky

Wednesday, June 25, 2014  LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – One person was killed and two Louisville Metro EMS workers were seriously injured in a crash involving an ambulance.

The crash became the worst case scenario for emergency crews who were trying to get to one life or death situation only to become a part of another one. "When someone else in the other vehicle is hurt or killed," said EMS Chief of Staff Kristen Miller, "That's a heavy mantle to carry."

According to Louisville Metro police, at 6:27 p.m. Monday the ambulance was traveling with lights and sirens eastbound on River Road, on a medical run of a report of a man down, when the ambulance crashed into a blue Geo Metro turning right onto River Road from Frankfort Avenue.

The ambulance then lost control and slammed into a construction crane near the scene with the two EMS workers trapped in the cab. A piece of construction equipment was actually used to extricate the EMS workers from the ambulance, a process that took over 30 minutes.

After firefighters got the paramedics out of the mangled ambulance they were rushed to University Hospital. The driver of the Geo Metro was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ironically, and sadly, the emergency call of a man down that the crew was rushing to turned out not to be an emergency at all. Miller said, "From my understanding the accident happened about 6:24 and the call was canceled about a minute later."

The emergency call was no longer needed.

The LMPD Traffic Unit is investigating the accident but officers said it is too early to tell which vehicle was at fault. Police have not released the names of the crash victims.

Miller said the aftermath of the crash illustrated the dangers associated with EMS workers jobs. "The vehicles (ambulances) are traveling at a high rate of speed, but they are trained for that type of vehicle operation," Miller explained, "they are trained to be evasive when necessary and we ask for the public's help in listening for sirens, looking for lights and being aware of how fast moving those vehicles are."



2 ambulance crew members killed in Greene Co. crash - Mississippi

Wednesday, June 25, 2014  Two ambulance crew members were killed during an accident with an 18-wheeler in Greene County Tuesday afternoon, the county emergency management director confirmed.

The ambulance, which operated out of the Heidelberg station in Laurel, was headed out for a call on Highway 63 at approximately noon when it collided with a truck carrying a bulldozer near the Piave community. The ambulance and truck burst into flames after impact. The crew members were pronounced dead at the scene.

"This is a terrible tragedy," EMA director Trent Robertson said." You work closely with these guys and they become like family. These guys gave their lives serving their community."

Mississippi High Patrol Troop J spokesman Brent Barfield said the driver of the truck, Charles E. Bexley, 47, of Beaumont was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Bexley works for the Piave Trucking Company.

Barfield said the ambulance was traveling northbound on Highway 63 with its red lights flashing when it tried to overtake two 18-wheelers. After it successfully passed the first truck, the truck driven by Bexley suddenly made a left turn into the southbound lane where the ambulance struck the truck in the front left axle, Barfield said.

MHP will continue to investigate the cause of the crash. The names of the crew members will be released once positive identification has been made, likely Wednesday afternoon, Barfield said. 



Highway Patrol: Ambulance driver charged in crash with tractor trailer - South Carolina

Wednesday, June 18, 2014  By Patrick Phillips

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -The driver of an ambulance was charged with making an improper turn after a crash involving a tractor trailer on Highway 176 in Orangeburg County, according to a spokesman for the Highway Patrol.

The ambulance responded to an earlier crash on Highway 176 in Berkeley County and was transporting two people from that accident to an Orangeburg hospital, Lance Cpl. Joe Jones said.

When the driver of the ambulance attempted to make a U-turn, the tractor-trailer struck the ambulance, Jones said.

No injuries were reported from the crash. The accident temporarily shut down Highway 176. 



SCHP investigating wreck involving ambulance - South Carolina

Wednesday, June 18, 2014  ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WCIV) -- South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers are investigating an accident involving an ambulance in Orangeburg County.

A Berkeley County EMS vehicle struck an 18-wheeler on Highway 176 at Coach Road. 

SCHP officials said the ambulance was making a u-turn when it struck the oncoming semi. The ambulance driver was charged with making an improper turn.

According to sources with, a patient and another rider was on board on the way to the hospital and were transported after the accident. No EMS crew members were injured. 



Taxi Passenger Critically Hurt After Cab Hits Ambulance - Philadelphia

Wednesday, June 18, 2014  A taxi passenger is in critical condition after the cab he was riding in collided with an ambulance in Center City early Tuesday morning.

The crash happened at 8th and Vine Streets, just off of Interstate 676 near Franklin Square, around 2:30 a.m., Philadelphia Police tell

Witnesses say the City Cab Company taxi ran a red light and hit the Jefferson LifeStar ambulance that was traveling southbound on 8th Street.

The impact of the crash sent both vehicles careening onto a concrete island. The ambulance's front end was completely smashed and the front driver side of the cab was damaged. A traffic signal was also destroyed by the impact.

The taxi's passenger, a man in his 40s, was crticially hurt in the crash and was taken to Jefferson University Hospital, police said.

The EMS worker suffered a leg injury and the cabbie earned cuts and bruises, police said. Both were also taken to Jefferson University Hospital where they remain in stable condition.

Philadelphia Police's Accident Investigaton Divison is investigating the incident. 



4 hospitalized after ambulance, SUV crash near 46th Street and Post Road - Indianapolis

Wednesday, June 18, 2014  By Julie Pursley

INDIANAPOLIS - Four people were hospitalized late Tuesday morning after an ambulance and a SUV crashed at an intersection on the city's east side.

The crash happened about 11 a.m. near 46th Street and Post Road when a SUV and an ambulance crashed into each other. Two medics inside the ambulance were injured and taken to Eskenazi Health Hospital, and two other people in the SUV were taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital.

The cause of the crash was under investigation and the victims' names were not released. 




Wednesday, June 18, 2014  By DAVID HENRY

A malfunctioning traffic light in Chinatown is to blame for an accident overnight that left four people hurt.

Authorities say the light at Vine and North 8th streets was showing both red and green at the same time, and that's where an ambulance and a taxi collided. 

The light is operating properly now, but there are lingering questions in the wake of the accident.

The condition of the two vehicles involved tell the story - both heavily damaged in the collision.

However, authorities say neither one had the right of way.

The traffic light was malfunctioning at the time, displaying both green and red in both directions.

State law requires drivers on both roads to stop before proceeding when a light is malfunctioning.

Police are investigating to determine if either driver stopped before going through the intersection.

The driver of the ambulance and a passenger were taken to the hospital and admitted. The driver of the taxi and his female passenger were also admitted.

One of the victims remains in critical condition.

The ambulance involved was a private transport ambulance. A spokesman for Lifestar Response says it was not transporting a patient, so neither its flashing lights nor its siren would have been activated.

There's no way of knowing how long the traffic light had been malfunctioning since no one called 9-1-1 to report it.

Our crew on the scene witnessed another near miss because of the light. But, the Streets Department wasn't notified by city radio until three hours after the accident, and even then they were told only that a pole was down.

A crew responded to the scene and fixed the light at 6:10 this morning.

The city has no explanation for that delay. In the meantime they'd appreciate it if other drivers would pass it along. Don't assume the proper authorities already know about it if you pass a malfunctioning light.

If someone had called 9-1-1 earlier, that one victim might not be in critical condition right now. 



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