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EMSA Ambulance Involved In Crash - Oklahoma

Thursday, October 8, 2015  BY SAUNDRA ADAMS 

Tulsa police are investigating after an EMSA Ambulance was hit by another car. 

It happened in the intersection of 21st and S. Yale around 4:00 Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators say the ambulance was westbound on 21st Street with its lights and siren on when traffic came to a stop. There was also a police car following it.

A car that was southbound on Yale went around a truck and struck the back of the ambulance. 

No one was injured.

There was a patient in the back of the ambulance that was transferred to another unit and continued to a hospital.

Police are still investigating. 

   


 

Ambulance involved in Route 52 accident in Carroll County - Virginia

Thursday, October 8, 2015  An ambulance flipped over in Carroll County early Wednesday morning

It happened on Route 52 Southbound near the North Carolina State line.

Police say a 2009 Toyota Corolla was traveling Northbound when the driver, Cody Sapp,, fell asleep at the wheel.

Sapp over corrected, crossed the center line, and struck an ambulance that was traveling southbound. The ambulance overturned and both the driver and passenger inside were taken to the hospital.

Sapp was also flown to a hospital. His injuries are described as non-life threatening.

He's expected to be charged with reckless driving.

The photo is courtesy of Lisa Martin Rico. 

   


 

3 injured in crash involving overturned ambulance in Cana - Virginia

Thursday, October 8, 2015  CANA, Va. —Three people, including two ambulance workers, were taken to the hospital following a collision that included a car and an overturned ambulance.

The crash was reported just after midnight Wednesday on Route 52 near Tab Lane in Cana. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, troopers said.

Charges are pending against the car driver, Cody Sapp, 23, troopers said. Sapp was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, while the ambulance workers were taken to Northern Hospital of Surry County.

Sapp was driving a Toyota car when he fell asleep, overcorrected after going off the road and hit the southbound ambulance, troopers said. The ambulance was heading back to a station from Twin County Hospital, troopers said.

Sapp faces charges of reckless driving and driving with a suspended license, troopers said. 

   


 

Deputy comforts baby after 3 cars, semi, ambulance crash in Alabama

Thursday, October 8, 2015  JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WKRN/WIAT) — A photo of a deputy comforting a baby after a serious crash in Alabama is warming the hearts of people everywhere.

According to News 2’s sister station WIAT, Deputy Ric Lindley held the baby after three cars, an ambulance and semi crashed in Jefferson County, Alabama.

The baby was one of the victims. Deputy Lindley jumped into action, moving the little girl to a safe location while comforting her.

The ambulance was carrying a patient at the time, but luckily no serious injuries were reported. 

   


 

Franklin County EMT speaks out after ambulance injury - Virginia

Thursday, October 8, 2015  FRANKLIN CO., Va. - A Franklin County EMT is speaking out, hoping to prevent another accident involving an ambulance.

Jess Stump talked to high school volunteer EMTs Tuesday to warn them about the dangers of not being well-rested while on the job.

Stump was taking care of a patient in the back of an ambulance last Thursday when the driver fell asleep at the wheel and ran off the side of the road.

When the driver woke up, he over-corrected and crossed both lanes of Interstate 81 before hitting an embankment.

Stump says she was thrown out the back of the ambulance. She had to have screws and plates placed in her arm because her humerus is broken. She also has cuts and bruises throughout her body.

Stump wants future EMTs to be aware of how they're feeling while on the job.

"Make sure that if you are going to be in control of other peoples lives that you take care of yourself too. Rest and eat right. Take care of your self because not only be as an EMT the patient was endanger because I couldn't help them," said Stump.

She says she'll back in the ambulance once she's fully healed.



 

   


 

Alabama deputy who held baby after car crash: 'I did nothing heroic'

Thursday, October 8, 2015  By Carol Robinson | crobinson@al.com 

Jefferson County sheriff's Deputy Ric Lindley loves kids.

His kids. His grandkids. Other people's kids. All kids, really. That was abundantly clear when a picture surfaced of him holding a baby girl following a traffic crash on Interstate 20 near Leeds on Tuesday morning.

Much to his surprise, that photo captured hearts nationwide and, within hours, was been shared thousands of times on social media, and made its way all the way to Hawaii. The photo reached nearly 561,000 people on the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Facebook page alone, not counting Twitter.

The 60-year-old former U.S. Army Green Beret doesn't mind the attention, he just doesn't really understand it. "I did nothing heroic,'' Lindley said. "All I did was hold a baby."

Lindley was on patrol Tuesday morning monitoring rush-hour traffic along I-20 when he pulled out into the westbound lanes and came upon a traffic jam. "It was at an absolute dead stop,'' he said. Lindley turned on his lights and siren, moved to the emergency vehicle lane and drove about 50 yards until he came upon a crash involving an ambulance, an 18-wheeler, and three vehicles.

He and his partner, Deputy Tim Sanford, were the first two lawmen on the scene. They blocked off traffic and checked on all those involved in the crash. "If they were hurt, we gave aid as much as we could,'' he said.

About 30 yards away, Lindley spotted a young mother leaning against her car with an infant in her arms. "I asked if she was OK,'' he said. "She was pretty well shaken up, so I asked her if I could hold the baby."

"The baby was fine because she had been buckled in a car seat, but she was upset to start with,'' Lindley said. "After I held her and walked a bit, she quieted down. I recalled my days as a young father, and young grandfather, and I put those skills to work and calmed the baby down. She had a very sweet little personality."

He handed the baby girl off to Deputy Sanford for a few moments, and then took her back in his arms. That's when Sanford snapped the now-viral photo. "I held her for a good while, at least an hour and a half,'' he said. "I wanted to give her mother time to regain her composure. She's a young mother, and this was probably extremely traumatic for her. She was having a rough time from an emotion standpoint."

Lindley has three grown sons and seven grandchildren. "If I had the money, I'd have 100 kids,'' he said. "I love kids."
He has served as a sheriff's deputy for 10 years, and is a retired U.S. Army medical officer. He doesn't understand the fuss. "I'm just a man. I'm not better or worse than anyone else,'' he said. "I'm just a Dad and a grandfather. That's about it."

Sheriff Mike Hale said he's proud of all of the 500 deputy sheriffs and support staff that go out every day to serve and protect the community. "I have said many times I wished somehow everyone knew how good they really were,'' he said. "This deputy is part of the family I'm referring to and we are especially proud of the recognition he is getting today for this simple act of care and kindness."

Chief Deputy Randy Christian said the attention is well-deserved. "That kind of work doesn't come through training, it comes from the heart and the kind of person you are,'' Christian said. "Great heart and character are the kinds of things we look for when recruiting. We certainly got it right on this one." 

   


 

Chain-reaction crash shut down Beltway's Outer Loop - Maryland

Thursday, October 8, 2015  By Nick Houser

BALTIMORE —A chain-reaction crash shut down the Baltimore Beltway's Outer Loop at southbound Interstate 83 late Monday evening, Maryland State Police said.

State police said as many as 13 vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction crash around 9 p.m. after one vehicle hit a wall and became disabled on the southbound I-83 ramp where it connects with the Outer Loop. Oncoming vehicles struck the disabled vehicle, resulting in a chain-reaction crash.

The collision involved a private ambulance that did not have a patient inside and a tractor-trailer that jackknifed.

Eleven people were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, state police said.

State police officials said the shoulder and right lane of westbound I-695 reopened by 11 p.m. The southbound I-83 ramp remained closed for a time after that but traffic was restored to normal a little after midnight. 

   


 

Georgia man arrested in paramedic assault, cops say - Pennsylvania

Monday, October 5, 2015  By Kurt Bresswein | For lehighvalleylive.com

Police have taken into custody a Georgia man accused of assaulting a Bethlehem paramedic, according to court records.

Jonathan Wilcox, 23, of Valdosta, was found passed out, lying on the sidewalk about 12:22 a.m. Sept. 26 on Buchanan Street near East Fourth Street on the city's South Side, according to city police.

Wilcox said he had been drinking heavily and ingested cocaine, and a small packet of cocaine fell from his pants pocket as he reached for his identification, court records say.

While being loaded onto a stretcher to be taken to St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill, due to his condition, Wilcox began to struggle with city EMS and pushed and punched a paramedic, records say. The paramedic and two police officers held Wilcox down until he could be sedated, according to police.

He was arraigned Sept. 26 before District Judge Douglas Schlegel on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and resisting arrest, records say.

Wilcox was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail with a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled Oct. 27 before District Judge Nancy Matos Gonzalez in Bethlehem. 

   


 

Three people hurt in ambulance accident in Salem - Virginia

Monday, October 5, 2015  Virginia State Police tell WDBJ7 that three people were sent to the hospital after an ambulance ran off the road Thursday morning.

The accident happened around 4:25 a.m. on Interstate 81 north at mile marker 139 in Salem. The ambulance is First Call, which contracts with LewisGale.

Police say the driver of the ambulance fell asleep at the wheel and ran off the left side of the road. 

The driver woke up, over-corrected, and crossed both lanes of the interstate before hitting an embankment on the right side of the road. The ambulance ended up facing southbound when it stopped.

There was a passenger inside the ambulance when the accident happened.  That person was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. 

A second emergency services worker, who was in the back of the ambulance with the patient, was ejected from the vehicle.  That worker was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the ambulance has been charged with reckless driving.  The driver was also taken to the hospital as a precaution. 

   


 

Pregnant student kicks pregnant EMT - Milwaukee

Monday, October 5, 2015  By Breann Schossow
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MILWAUKEE — Those involved in two fights investigated by police at Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education on Milwaukee's north side on Wednesday afternoon were all students, police say.

The students involved have been cited for their role in the altercation, said Milwaukee police spokesman Tim Gauerke in an email. One student, a 16-year-old female who according to previous media reports is pregnant, could face possible charges for kicking a reportedly pregnant female ambulance attendant during an evaluation.

Gauerke also said non-student family members of those involved in the fights did come to the school; however, they weren't able to get into the school or get involved. He noted that it was also not confirmed that anyone who came to the school was armed.

The fights' causes were related to separate student disputes. The number of students involved is unknown. 

   


 

Woman fails to yield to ambulance, leads to crash - Oregon

Monday, October 5, 2015  Police responded to a report of an accident involving an ambulance near the intersection of Northwest Stewart Parkway and Aviation Drive at approximately 11:53 a.m. Wednesday. 

Julia Lazich, 53, of Roseburg, pulled out of the parking lot of Roseburg Honda in a green 2016 Honda Pilot for a test drive and was driving north on Northwest Mulholland. 

Lazich entered the intersection on a green light and collided with an ambulance that was driving west on Northwest Stewart Parkway with its lights and sirens on. 

According to witnesses, driver Conor Holmgren, 21, of Eugene, slowed and then proceeded through the intersection before colliding with Lazich’s vehicle. 

Both vehicles were towed from the scene. No injuries were reported. 

Lazich was cited on suspicion of failing to yield to an emergency vehicle. 

Reporter Ian Campbell can be reached at 541-957-4209 or icampbell@nrtoday.com. Or follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17

   


 

Drunken Driver Slams Into Ambulance, Hurts Two Paramedics, Authorities Say - Illinois

Friday, October 2, 2015  By Erica Demarest

COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Two paramedics were hurt when an allegedly drunken driver crashed into their stopped ambulance on the side of I-57 near 119th Street early Monday.

Brian Henry, 26, told police he drank "a couple shots" at a club before getting into a 1995 Chevy Suburban with his wife and one other passenger, according to police.

Henry was headed north on I-57 when he crashed into the ambulance in Morgan Park about 2:30 a.m. Monday, according to an arrest report. The ambulance was stopped with its emergency lights on, prosecutors said, and paramedics were helping a victim from an earlier crash.

When it was struck, the ambulance spun around and clipped two paramedics and one of the victims, who'd been standing outside, Assistant State's Attorney Erin Antonietti said during a bond hearing Wednesday.


When state troopers arrived on the scene, they found Henry's Suburban in the far left lane with "heavy front-end damage," the arrest report said.

Henry's wife, 31, who had been sitting in the front passenger seat, had broken ribs, a broken left femur and a collapsed lung, according to prosecutors. Police said she was rushed to the hospital in serious condition.

A 25-year-old man in the back of the Suburban had "a brain bleed" and was listed in critical condition, police said.

Henry suffered a broken leg, according to prosecutors. State police said he smelled like alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and spoke with slurred speech, but officers on the scene didn't conduct sobriety tests due to his injuries.

Henry later refused to provide blood and urine samples, the arrest report said, but a standard blood draw at the hospital revealed his BAC to be .083 an hour after the crash. The legal limit is .08.

Henry told police he'd been at a club, where "I did have a couple shots," court records show.

The two paramedics, a 23-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man, had minor injuries, police said. The man they'd been tending to suffered a gash to his forehead that required stitches, Antonietti said. She noted that the gash was not caused by the original crash, but rather the drunken driver crash. There had been no serious injuries, but one of the passengers was a paraplegic who needed medical assistance, she said.

Henry, of the 6200 block of South Eberhart Avenue, was charged with DUI and aggravated DUI causing an accident and bodily harm. He was also cited for driving without insurance, speeding, failing to reduce speed or move over for an emergency vehicle and "improper traffic lane usage."

Cook County Judge James Brown on Wednesday ordered Henry held in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Henry's public defender said Henry had four children and no prior criminal background. 

   


 

Woman fails to yield to ambulance, leads to crash - Oregon

Friday, October 2, 2015  Police responded to a report of an accident involving an ambulance near the intersection of Northwest Stewart Parkway and Aviation Drive at approximately 11:53 a.m. Wednesday. 

Julia Lazich, 53, of Roseburg, pulled out of the parking lot of Roseburg Honda in a green 2016 Honda Pilot for a test drive and was driving north on Northwest Mulholland. 

Lazich entered the intersection on a green light and collided with an ambulance that was driving west on Northwest Stewart Parkway with its lights and sirens on. 

According to witnesses, driver Conor Holmgren, 21, of Eugene, slowed and then proceeded through the intersection before colliding with Lazich’s vehicle. 

Both vehicles were towed from the scene. No injuries were reported. 

Lazich was cited on suspicion of failing to yield to an emergency vehicle. 

Reporter Ian Campbell can be reached at 541-957-4209 or icampbell@nrtoday.com. Or follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17

   


 

Volunteer firefighter, EMT laid to rest after perishing in ambulance crash - New York

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 

  • RIGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Hundreds are taking time on Tuesday to mourn Barry G. Miller, a Bergen native, perished after an ambulance rushing to the scene of a medical emergency crashed into the back of a slow-moving backhoe on Sept. 23.Investigation into the tragedy was handled by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. They said another passenger in the ambulance required medical attention, however nobody else suffered serious injury in the crash.

    Three people were in the ambulance at the time of the crash, however hundreds showed up for Miller’s service on Tuesday afternoon.

    Dressed in uniform, many of Miller’s fellow firefighters honored his life.rn the loss of a valued first responder in Monroe County.
  • Barry G. Miller, a Bergen native, perished after an ambulance rushing to the scene of a medical emergency crashed into the back of a slow-moving backhoe on Sept. 23.








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    Ambulance tips over in accident in Taylor; 2 paramedics injured - Michigan

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015   By Anne Runklearunkle@heritage.com



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    Two paramedics were injured when a Concord EMS ambulance tipped over on its side in an accident Sunday in Taylor.

    The ambulance was struck by a car at about 4 p.m. in the area of Pardee and North Line roads, Fire Chief Steve Portis said.

    Taylor firefighters extricated the paramedic in the passenger seat, he said. Both the passenger and driver for the Lincoln Park-based ambulance company were taken to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

    The ambulance did not have a patient in it. The paramedics were on their way to MediLodge, a nursing home on North Line Road in Taylor, Portis said.



       


     
     
     

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