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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. 



Medic grabs patient, oxygen tank before ambulance bursts into flames - Georgia

Monday, June 16, 2014  AUGUSTA, Ga. — A paramedic and a patient were treated for smoke inhalation after an ambulance explosion Wednesday.

They are doing fine after the EMT driving noticed smoke coming from the driver’s compartment and pulled over, reports. City Ambulance owner Pat Hickson said it was caused by wiring.

The paramedic on board removed the patient and necessary treatment equipment, along with a large oxygen tank. He wasn’t able to get to the small oxygen tank in time, and that exploded.

All of them were far enough away to only suffer smoke inhalation.

“After the investigation,” Hickson said, “we want to thank the crew for their actions.” 



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.

Twitter: @MDWilsonSA 



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. 



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