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One Killed in Crash of Ambulance, Semis - Missouri

Friday, January 9, 2015  LAMAR, Mo. -- One person is dead in a late Tuesday night crash on Interstate 49 in southwest Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said it happened in the area of mile marker 72.4 near Lamar around midnight.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the accident involved two semi trucks and an ambulance.

Witnesses say one semi trailer was halfway off a bridge, and that the cab was "unrecognizable".

The MHP said both southbound lanes of Interstate 49 remained closed hours after the crash.

An accident reconstruction team is working to determine the cause of the crash. 



Paramedic struck and killed in Maryland

Wednesday, January 7, 2015  A 12-year veteran of the Maryland fire and EMS service was lost Tuesday after being struck by a fire department utility truck assisting him at the scene of an accident, officials said.

Erik Steciak, 29, a paid paramedic with the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, was pronounced dead at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air after being transported from the scene.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Steciak had been a paid paramedic with the Bel Air VFC since December 2011 and also worked as a Supervisor/Paramedic with Special Event Medical Services since 2009. He was a volunteer Captain at the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department in Howard County where he served since 2005. He was also formerly a volunteer EMT at the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department.

Many firefighters from Bel Air and throughout the area gathered at the fire companies this evening to remember Steciak.

“Right now they’re coming together as a family, that’s what they do,” Rich Gardiner, spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association, told the Harford Aegis. “That’s what fire service is about. Something happens that’s what they do, they come together. They want to be together with each other.”

Condolences were posted across social media by departments and individuals who worked with or knew Steciak.

“On behalf of County Executive Barry Glassman and Director Edward Hopkins, the Harford County Department of Emergency Services expresses our sincere sympathy to the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company and the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Company of Howard County on the tragic loss of Paramedic Erik Steciak this afternoon,” Harford County OEM posted on Facebook late Tuesday. “Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Paramedic Steciak’s immediate family, fire service family and loved ones.”

Steciak lived in Columbia. Information on services for Steciak will be posted here when they are announced.

At 1350hrs the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a motor vehicle collision with injury in the 300blk of Patterson Mill Rd. It was reported that a vehicle had run off the roadway into an embankment and the injured subject was in a nearby residence.

On fire department arrival it was determined that the best access to the patient was via four wheel drive assist due to the extreme weather and driveway conditions.

Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company Utility 373, a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD equipped with a snow plow responded for the four wheel drive request. As the utility vehicle proceeded down the driveway it began to slide.

At some point during the slide a member of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, a paramedic provider, was struck by the utility. He was treated at the scene and transported in grave condition to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a preliminary investigation into this non traffic related fatality. Indications point to weather being a major factor in this incident. 



Cave Spring Rescue Squad ambulance involved in three-vehicle wreck - Virginia

Wednesday, January 7, 2015  By Amy Friedenberger 981-3356

A Cave Spring Rescue Squad ambulance was involved in a three-vehicle wreck Monday evening, which sent one person to the hospital.

The crash involving the ambulance and two private vehicles occurred at the intersection of Brambleton Avenue and Valley Forge Avenue, just outside the Cave Spring Rescue Squad station, about 5:15 p.m., according to a news release from the Cave Spring Rescue Squad.

The two private vehicles collided in the intersection, with one vehicle then striking the front of the ambulance, which was stopped at the red light on Valley Forge Avenue, according to the news release.

The EMT driving the ambulance was not injured and reported the crash to Roanoke County dispatch.

One driver was taken to a local hospital to be examined and one driver declined to be taken to the hospital. No further information about the drivers was available from Cave Spring Rescue Squad on Monday night.

The ambulance's identification is Medic 33. The ambulance has been removed from service and will be examined for damages later this week.

In the meantime, Cave Spring Rescue Squad will be using Roanoke County's reserve ambulance as its primary response vehicle.

Cave Spring Rescue Squad is an all-volunteer rescue squad providing emergency medical coverage to the Cave Spring district of Roanoke County. 



Ambulance hit in crash on South Transit Road - New York

Wednesday, January 7, 2015  By  | News Niagara Reporter

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – A Rural/Metro Medical Services ambulance transporting a patient was hit by another vehicle at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday in the 5700 block of South Transit Road. Injuries were called minor by the Niagara County Sheriff Department. 

Niagara County Sheriff Chief Deputy Steven Priesch said the ambulance was transporting a patient from Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport to Buffalo General Medical Center and had its lights and siren going. An unidentified 62-year-old Town of Lockport woman was accused of pulling into the path of the oncoming ambulance. She told deputies she never saw or heard the ambulance.

Preisch said both vehicles were heading southbound on South Transit Road prior to the crash. The female driver was in the outside lane when she traveled across both lanes to try to reach the turning lane in order to turn into the Walmart parking lot.

“She actually pulled in front of the ambulance. The ambulance tried to avoid her, but couldn’t and rear-ends her, causing the collision,” Preisch said.

The woman was ticketed for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, Preisch said. He said a witness confirmed that the ambulance did have both its lights and sirens on prior to the crash. A second ambulance was called to the scene to transport the patient. 

The road was closed for about an hour in both directions following the crash.




Crash between ambulance, vehicle in Lockport - New York

Wednesday, January 7, 2015  LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) - Three ambulances were called to a crash between an ambulance and a vehicle on Lockport on Tuesday.

The crash happened around 1 p.m. on South Transit Road.

There is no word on how many people were injured. 



Cave Spring Rescue Squad ambulance involved in accident - Virginia

Wednesday, January 7, 2015  A male driver, coming down Brambleton Ave. from Electric Rd., ran a red light and struck a vehicle turning left from Garst Mill Rd onto Brambleton Ave.

The vehicle subsequently struck the ambulance stopped at a red light, waiting to turn right onto Brambleton Ave. from Valley Forge Ave.

The driver of the first vehicle struck was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The male driver was charged with Running a Red Light. 



Bel Air paramedic killed by utility truck while trying to reach injured person - Maryland

Wednesday, January 7, 2015  A Harford County volunteer firefighter was killed after he was struck by one of the fire company’s utility trucks while attempting to reach an injured person who slid into an embankment.

The crew from the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched to a car crash in the 300 block of Patterson Mill Road at about 1:50 p.m., according to a release.

A driver had slid off the road and into an embankment. The team called for a four-wheel drive vehicle to make it up an icy driveway, where they would meet the injured person inside of the adjacent home.

The utility truck – a Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD with a snow plow, began to slide on the ice. The truck struck the volunteer firefighter who was sent to the hospital in “grave condition,” according to the release.

The paramedic, identified by the fire company as Erik Steciak, succumbed to his injuries at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

“The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a preliminary investigation into this non traffic related fatality,” the release states. “Indications point to weather being a major factor in this incident .”

Steciak was 29-years-old. 

Steciak worked with the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company since Dec. 2011. He also served with the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Company in Howard County. 

"The Board of Directors, Officers and Members of the BAVFC express their sincerest condolences to Erik’s family and to the West Friendship VFC. Funeral services will be posted once final arrangements are completed," reads a statement posted to the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company Facebook page. 




Detroit EMS vehicle hits car in crash

Tuesday, January 6, 2015  Slick roads may have played a role in a crash involving a Detroit ambulance on a training run and a car. 



Ambulance crashes in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, January 6, 2015  A medic unit from Warwick Community Ambulance slid on ice, struck a bank and overturned in the 700 block of Webster Hill Road in Elizabeth Twp. shortly after 10:30p.m. on Saturday January 3rd, 2015. According to Brickerville Fire Company Chief Jeff Strauss, the medic unit was arriving to assist an ambulance for an injured person who had fallen on ice. The medic was coming down the hill, attempted to stop when the accident occurred. The ambulance called Lancaster County Wide Communications to report the crash. Brickerville firefighters used hydraulic tools to cut the roof off the SUV, and the medic was transported to Lancaster General Hospital with unknown injuries. Township salt trucks responded to the area to salt the roadway. Several firefighters were overheard saying how they encountered icy roads responding to the accident. The accident was being investigated by Pennsylvania State Police. Reported by Vinny Tennis of 



No injuries in Jersey City crash

Monday, January 5, 2015   By Julie Kayzerman

JERSEY CITY - No one was injured when a car slammed into a Jersey City Medical Center–Barnabas Health ambulance at Newark and Baldwin avenues this afternoon, a hospital spokesman said.

Besides the patient, two EMTs were in the ambulance, hospital spokesman Mark Rabson said. 

The driver of the vehicle that ran into the ambulance was issued a summons for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, said Carly Baldwin, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety, noting the car sustained very minor damage. . 

The ambulance continued on to the hospital, Rabson said. 



One child in Loudon County car/ambulance crash has died - Tennessee

Sunday, January 4, 2015  GREENBACK (WATE) – Lillian Creek, 5, died earlier today from her injuries sustained in the crash between a mini-van and Rural/Metro ambulance.

According to a preliminary report, the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Lillian was one of eight people, five children, injured in the accident.

At 9:22 a.m. on December 31, troopers say a 2003 Ford Windstar mini-van driven by Jessica Creek, 26, of Harriman, was going southbound in a straight section of Highway 95 in Greenback.

Troopers say Jessica Creek may have turned her head to tend to her passengers, which were her five young children.

The Windstar crossed the center line and entered into a curve and hit a Rural/Metro ambulance head on driven by Richard Williams, 47.

Four of the other children, Landon Creek, 7; Ryan Creek, 2; Isabell Creek, 6; and Nick Creek 4; were all taken to UT Medical Center by ambulance.

Lillian Creek was flown by Lifestar, and was later taken to Children’s Hospital where she died.

Officials say charges may be filed against Jessica Creek pending the investigation.




5-year-old dies three days after van-ambulance crash - Tennessee

Sunday, January 4, 2015  (WBIR) A young Roane County girl died Saturday from her injuries following a crash involving an ambulance and a minivan full of kids on New Years Eve.

According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 5-year-old Lillian Creek, died three days after the crash on Highway 95 in Loudon County.

According to THP, her mother, Jessica Creek, was driving a van when she crossed the highway's center line in a curve, hitting the Rural/Metro ambulance. All five of her children, ages two through seven, were in the vehicle.

Crews took the entire family to UT Medical Center and later transferred Lillian and her 7-year-old brother to Children's Hospital.

Paramedic Richard Williams, who was driving the ambulance, as well as an EMT riding with him, were also hurt in the crash and taken to the hospital.

The report stated Jessica Creek "possibly turned her head to tend to her passengers" when she crossed over the center line as they entered a curve.

It also stated that there are no criminal charges at this time pending the investigation. 



8 taken to hospital after van, ambulance crash in Loudon County - Tennessee

Thursday, January 1, 2015  By Brandon Rook

GREENBACK (WATE) – A Rural/Metro ambulance was hit head-on by a van carrying five children Wednesday morning in Loudon County, sending eight people to the hospital.

Officials say the crash happened on Highway 95 at Sinking Creek Road around 9:25 a.m.

Five children and one adult were in the van. All were taken to UT Medical Center. Two patients were taken by Lifestar helicopter.

Two paramedics were in the ambulance. One was taken by Priority ambulance to UT Medical Center. The other was treated on scene and later taken to the hospital by a Rural/Metro supervisor. No patients were in the ambulance.

The preliminary investigation indicates the van crossed into the ambulance’s path.

Bill Blair has been living on 95 South all of his life; he says accidents on this road rarely happen, especially big ones like the one that happened this morning between an ambulance and a van packed with children.

“First thing that I was trying to figure out is if I could get down here maybe to see if I could help to see if anybody got hurt, said Blair.

The accident happened right outside of Bill Blair’s house. As soon as he heard the noise; he looked outside of his window to see exactly what was going on and ended up being one of the first responders on the scene.

“It made enough racket because I hopped up. I knew that something bad had happened,” said Blair.

Erin Downey, the regional director of Rural/Metro says it’s sad that this has happened on New Year’s Eve and hopes everyone recovers.

“It’s tragic, it’s tragic. It’s a tragic accident. Mostly, we’re concerned with the medical care and treatment of all those involved,” said Downey.

So far there is no word on the extent of anyone’s injuries. 



Girl, 5, in critical condition following van-ambulance crash - Tennessee

Thursday, January 1, 2015  A Rural/Metro ambulance driver saw a minivan heading into his lane and tried to swerve but ran out of room to move in a Loudon County crash Wednesday that sent eight people to area hospitals, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper.

The van driver's 5-year-old daughter, Lillian Creek, and 7-year-old son Landon Creek, were receiving specialized care at East Tennessee Children's Hospital, according to Trooper Rodney Best, who responded to the crash scene at state Highway 95 and the Greenback side of Sinking Creek Road.

Lillian Creek was in critical condition Wednesday night. Landon Creek was being treated for a hand injury.

The crash occurred about 9:25 a.m.

Jessica Creek drove the minivan. Her five children, ages 2,4, 5, 6 and 7, were passengers.

According to Best, Creek crossed the highway's center line in a curve, striking the ambulance. The ambulance driver, identified as paramedic Richard Williams, saw the van cross the center line, and had almost stopped his vehicle but was unable to get over because of a drop-off, according to the trooper. Riding with Williams was an EMT, Keshia Bledsoe.

No patient was aboard the ambulance.

Best said everyone involved was using a seat belt or was properly restrained in a child seat.

Creek and three of her children were being treated Wednesday at University of Tennessee Medical Center. Bledsoe also was transported to UT Medical Center.

Williams, the ambulance driver, was taken by a Rural/Metro supervisor to Fort Loudoun Medical Center in Lenoir City.

In a statement, Rural/Metro said: "The medical care of all who were involved in this tragic accident is Rural/Metro's primary concern. Rural/Metro extends deepest care and concern to all involved in the accident, as well as to their families. Rural/Metro also extends appreciation to all other law enforcement, emergency and LIFESTAR personnel who assisted at the scene."

Investigation is continuing. 



2 Dead, 2 Hurt In Ambulance-Involved Crash In Clark County - Kentucky

Tuesday, December 30, 2014  The Clark County Sheriff said two people are dead and two paramedics are hurt, after a crash involving an ambulance and a car on the Mountain Parkway Monday afternoon. 

The wreck happened on the Eastbound lanes of the Mountain Parkway near mile marker eight in Clark County, just after 2:30 p.m. 

Officials said a small blue car was traveling Westbound on Mountain Parkway when it crossed the center line for unknown reasons into the path of the ambulance that was traveling Eastbound. 

"This ambulance passed us and just as soon as it got passed us there was the little blue car that come from the other side and crossed the median into his path.  And it kind of spun around in front of it, and when it did it was like an explosion. And it just jumped over the car, landed on it's side and skidded up the highway," said Junior Smith. He and his family were traveling behind the ambulance during the crash.The sheriff said the man and woman who were in the blue car immediately passed away. Two employees in the ambulance were hurt, luckily there were no patients inside the vehicle at the time of the wreck.

"We jumped out and went to help them and we saw that the two in the vehicle were dead. So, we went on to the ambulance and got one of them out and the other one was pinned," said Smith.

The men are paramedics with Allen's Ambulance Services, a private company in Owsley County. The sheriff said one of the men was flown from the scene to the University of Kentucky Hospital and the other man was driven to Clark Regional Hospital. Both men are expected to be okay.  



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