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Wrong-way driver dies in I-275 crash with ambulance - Tampa

Friday, August 15, 2014  TAMPA (FOX 13) -For the second time this week, a wrong-way driver has caused a wreck on our roads. This time, the results were deadly.

The latest crash happened on Interstate 275 just before 3 a.m. Troopers say the driver -- who has not yet been identified -- started going the wrong direction somewhere on I- 4, then entered the northbound lanes of I-275.

Near Floribraska Avenue, the wrong-way Honda Accord slammed into an oncoming ambulance, which was flipped onto its side by the force of the impact. There were no patients in the ambulance, but the two EMTs were taken to St. Joseph's with minor injuries.

The Honda driver, meanwhile, was killed. Troopers have not been able to identify him because he was not carrying any identification, and, they say, "registration of the vehicle is currently inconclusive."

Troopers do believe alcohol and drugs may have been a factor in this crash.

This is the fourth wrong way crash on Interstate 275 since February.

Early Wednesday morning, troopers were chasing a driver until he got on the interstate going the wrong direction. The car went a few miles before a head-on crash at Busch Boulevard. No one was seriously injured and the driver was arrested.

Back in February, a horrific crash on I-275 killed five people. Investigators say the driver of an SUV was going the wrong way on I-275 north and collided head-on with another car just north of Busch Boulevard. Both vehicles burst into flames.

Four members of a USF fraternity died, as well as the wrong-way driver, who was later found to be very drunk.

About a week after that crash, a wrong-way driver made a U-turn in the middle of I-275 and started going north in the southbound lanes. A few minutes later, the car crashed into a box truck.

The wrong way driver died; the two men in the box truck survived. 



One person dead in wrong-way I-275 crash in Tampa

Friday, August 15, 2014  By Trevor Pettiford, Reporter

TAMPA -- The driver of a car traveling the wrong way on Interstate 275 in Tampa was killed early Friday when the car smashed head-on into an ambulance.

According to authorities, the car, which was traveling northbound in the southbound, lanes crashed into the ambulance on I-275 near Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard at 2:45 a.m.

The driver of the car died at the scene.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, troopers received information about a wrong-way driver traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 4 near 50th Street. However, officials said it is unknown where the driver entered the interstate.

Troopers said the car continued westbound on I-4 until entered the southbound lanes of I-275. 

No patients were being transported in the ambulance, which was knocked onto its side in the crash. The two EMTs in the ambulance suffered only minor injuries.

Officials said the driver was a man in his 20s or 30s. His identity has not been release yet. Alcohol and drugs use are both suspected is the crash. 

The southbound lanes of I-275 were reopened to traffic before 6 a.m. 




Friday, August 15, 2014  by Lisa Parker

MANCHESTER- On Saturday, August 9, 2014 at approximately 11:00 am, a Whiting Volunteer First Aid ambulance was struck while exiting the First Aid Squad building on County Route 530 near Lake Road.

The ambulance was occupied by three volunteer squad members that were in route to an Emergency call with its lights and siren activated when it was struck by a large box truck that was traveling east on County Route 530. The Ambulance was being operated by 80 year old Albert Stover of Whiting.

The crew members that were passengers in the ambulance were 56 year old Bryan Platt, who resides in New Egypt and 73 year old John Valdora, who resides in Whiting. The box truck was registered to Optimum Moving LLC out of Elmwood Park, NJ. It was being operated by 20 year old David Pinuel from Fairlawn, NJ. There were two other occupants in the box truck at the time of the crash, neither the driver or the occupants of the box truck reported any injuries at the scene.

The driver, Albert Stover, and front seat passenger, John Valdora, of the First Aid Ambulance were transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River by Quality Medical Transport for complaints of pain. The rear seat crew member, Bryan Platt, complained of right arm pain but refused medical attention. This Crash is under investigation by Patrolman Antonio Ellis of the Manchester Township Traffic Safety Section. 



Police release name of man involved in ambulance crash - Kentucky

Friday, August 15, 2014  LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - WKYT is tracking the investigation into a crash involving an ambulance in Lexington.

Police say 18 year old Justin King was drunk when he ran into a Green County ambulance.

It happened around 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the intersection of South Broadway and Waller Avenue, near St. Joseph Hospital.

Lexington police say the ambulance was taking a patient to UK Hospital when a truck hit it in the intersection.

Police say the ambulance did have its lights and sirens on.

They say a member of the ambulance crew had minor injuries but no one else was hurt.

Police say another ambulance came to the scene to take a patient to UK.

They say they arrested the King on suspicion of DUI.

Wednesday morning, police charged King with minor possession and driving while intoxicated. 



FDNY EMT attacked by patient

Wednesday, August 13, 2014  A member of FDNY EMS was punched in the back while she was trying to tend to her assailant in Greenwich Village, cops said.

The medic was responding to a call about an intoxicated man when Keith Doyle, 23, assaulted her on La Guardia Place near West Houston Street on Sunday at about 5:30 a.m., cops said.

Doyle punched her, grabbed her collar and pulled her forward, causing the medic to fall, cops said.

The 24-year-old FDNY-EMS member was taken to Bellevue Hospital and treated for swelling and bruising to the back, cops said.

Doyle, who was arrested, was believed to be drunk, authorities and police sources said. 



Three hurt in Manchester ambulance crash - New Jersey

Wednesday, August 13, 2014  Stephanie Loder, @Loder1

MANCHESTER – Three Whiting Volunteer First Aid Squad members were injured during the weekend on the way to an emergency call when their vehicle was hit by a box truck, police said Monday.

The ambulance, driven by Albert Stover, 80, of Whiting, was struck at 11 a.m. Saturday while leaving the first aid squad building on Route 530 near Lake Road, according to township police Capt. Lisa Parker.

The ambulance had its lights and siren activated when it was struck by a large box truck that was traveling east on Route 530, Parker said.

The crew members who were passengers in the ambulance were Bryan Platt, 56, of New Egypt and John Valdora, 73, of the Whiting section of the township, police said.

The box truck, driven by David Pinuel, 20, of Fairlawn, was registered to Optimum Moving LLC out of Elmwood Park. Neither the driver or two passengers in the box truck reported any injuries at the scene, police said.

Stover and Valdora were taken Community Medical Center in Toms River by Quality Medical Transport for complaints of pain, police said.

Platt complained of right arm pain but refused medical attention, police said.

The crash is under investigation by Patrolman Antonio Ellis of the Manchester Township Traffic Safety Section.

Stephanie Loder: 732-456-2159; 



Wash. man struck by ambulance, killed

Wednesday, August 13, 2014  By Dee Riggs
The Wenatchee World

PATEROS, Wash. — A man who walked into a highway was killed early Sunday morning when he was struck by a passing ambulance, according to the State Patrol.

Kevin M. Lang, 20, of Philadelphia, was pronounced dead at the scene along Highway 97 about one mile south of Pateros. Lang was walking south along the shoulder of the highway about 3:10 a.m. and the Lifeline ambulance was driving north, according to the report. The ambulance was not on an emergency call and did not have a patient on board, said State Patrol spokesman Darren Wright.

The ambulance moved to avoid Lang but Lang entered the highway and was struck in the northbound lane.

Driving the ambulance was Christopher G. Christiansen, 28, of Orondo, according to the report. 



Crash involving Glendale ambulance injures 7 - Arizona

Saturday, August 9, 2014  Corina Vanek, The Republic |

A two-vehicle collision involving a city of Glendale ambulance injured seven people Thursday morning, officials said.

A truck and an ambulance collided at 65th and Peoria avenues before 11 a.m., said Gilbert Mancilla, a spokesman for the Glendale Fire Department.

Seven people were taken to a hospital for evaluation, but Mancilla said no one suffered life-threatening injuries. The details of the accident, including if there was a patient in the ambulance, are unavailable.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, Mancilla said. 



7 injured in crash involving a Glendale ambulance - Arizona

Saturday, August 9, 2014  GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say seven people are injured after a crash involving a city of Glendale ambulance.

Glendale Fire Department officials say a truck and an ambulance collided at 65th and Peoria avenues before 11 a.m. Thursday.

They say the ambulance was responding to a call with lights and sirens when the accident occurred.

Authorities say the second vehicle was headed in the opposite direction and veered into the ambulance.

Two other vehicles also were hit.

Seven people were taken to a hospital for evaluation, but authorities say no one suffered life-threatening injuries.

It wasn't immediately clear if there was a patient in the ambulance at the time of the accident.

Authorities say the cause of the crash is under investigation. 



HFD ambulance involved in crash while leaving scene of burglary - Houston

Saturday, August 9, 2014  HOUSTON -- A Houston Fire Department ambulance was involved in a minor crash as paramedics left the scene of an earlier break-in.

Houston police said the incident occurred early Friday morning on FM 1960 east of Humble.

Someone broke into a smoke shop, resulting in a suspect search. The suspect was treated for scratches and then taken into custody.

Police said as the ambulance left the shop's parking lot, it was struck by a big rig.

There were no injuries in the crash. 



Ambulance crash kills patient, injures paramedics - Missouri

Saturday, August 9, 2014  By Chris Oberholtz, Multimedia Producer 
By Laura McCallister, Multimedia Producer 
By Jonathan Carter, Reporter  


The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 65-year-old man died when the ambulance taking him to a hospital crashed during heavy rain.

Troopers said Shelby N. Brandt, of Nevada, MO, died Wednesday night on Interstate 49 just north of Harrisonville.

"I guess what I thought was, we lost a wonderful man," Tricia Brandt, Shelby's wife, said.

The Vietnam veteran and pastor was being taken to the Kansas City VA Medical Center to get some tests run after feeling out of sorts.

Patrol spokesman Sgt. Bill Lowe said the driver of the ambulance from the Vernon County Ambulance District lost control about 11:30 p.m. when the back end started sliding on wet pavement. The ambulance went off the road and overturned.

"He had a servant's heart. He loved the jail ministry, he loved to minister people about the Lord and he always put everyone before himself," Tricia Brandt said.

Shelby Brandt's son, Stoney, had just returned from a motorcycle ride to the nation's capital with his dad.

"He was just an awesome man. He always made you laugh and he could eat more hot dogs and popcorn than any man I know and I miss him," Stoney Brandt said.

The entire close-knit family will miss him and now Tricia Brandt said it's time to lean on each other.

"We need each other to remind each other to remember him, to get us through," she said.

A 23-year-old paramedic sitting with the patient, Joshua Jeffries, of Nevada, suffered serious injuries and the 25-year-old driver, Gavin Crocker, of Schell City, MO, suffered minor injuries.

Troopers are still investigating the cause of the crash.



Ambulance Crash Takes Nevada Man's Life - Missouri

Saturday, August 9, 2014  Cass County (MO) - Missouri State Highway Patrol reported at 11:27PM, August 7, 2014, Shelby Brandt of Nevada, MO has passed away. An emergency vehicle driven by Gavin Crocker, 25, slid on wet pavement and traveled off the roadway. The vehicle overturned and came to rest on its top. The accident occurred on I-49 at mile marker 162.4. The emergency vehicle was heading northbound. 

Brandt, 65, was being transported to the Kansas City VA Medical Center. Brandt's body was released to Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office. Josh Jefferies, 23, was also in the vehicle when the crash happened. He is suffered serious injuries. Jefferies, from Nevada, MO was transported by Centeral Cass EMS to Research Hospital. 

The driver, Crocker, suffered minor injuries. He was transported by Harrisonville EMS to Research Hospital. 



Nevada man killed in ambulance accident - Missouri

Saturday, August 9, 2014  NEVADA, Mo. — A Nevada man was killed and two ambulance crew members were injured in a single-vehicle accident at 11:27 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 49 in Cass County, according to the Missouri Strate Highway Patrol.

Shelby N. Brandt, 65, died at the scene of the accident near the 162 mile marker, and his body was taken to the Jackson County medical examiner’s office, the state patrol said.

The driver of the Vernon County Ambulance District vehicle, Gavin D. Crocker, 25, of Schell City, and crew member Joshua W. Jeffries, 23, of Nevada, were taken to Research Medical Center in Harrisonville, the patrol said.

The northbound ambulance slid off the roadway on wet pavement and rolled onto its top, the patrol said. 



Widow reacts to Marine veteran's death in ambulance crash - Missouri

Saturday, August 9, 2014  The widow of a Missouri Vietnam War veteran says when she learned her husband had died while taking an ambulance to Kansas City last night, she had no idea that it was the result of a crash.



Wife laments loss of beloved husband who died in ambulance crash - Missouri

Saturday, August 9, 2014  BY  AND 

NEVADA, Mo. — A Nevada man is dead and two emergency responders are hospitalized after an ambulance crash. It happened Wednesday night on northbound Interstate 49, just north of Harrisonville.

Thursday we learned two highly respected paramedics at the Vernon County Ambulance District were both injured when their ambulance crashed. A beloved assistant pastor died in the crash.

“Wonderful husband, wonderful dad and wonderful grandparent,” Tricia Brandt said.

That’s how Tricia remembers her childhood sweetheart and husband of 44 years, Shelby Brandt, who she’s now mourning.

Investigators with the Missouri Highway Patrol say Wednesday night Vernon County paramedics Gavin Crocker and Josh Jeffries were transporting Shelby from a Nevada hospital to the VA Hospital in Kansas City for tests. While travelling down I-49 in Cass County, the two medics’ ambulance slid on wet pavement, travelled off the roadway and rolled over.

Sixty-five year-old Shelby, the beloved assistant pastor and Vietnam veteran, died in the crash.

Paramedic Jeffries suffered broken bones, his co-worker and friend Crocker suffered minor injuries. Tricia said her husband dutifully served ministry during his lifetime.

“He was an awesome man, loved the Lord, put everyone before his self. He had a jail ministry, had a Walmart ministry,” Tricia said.

Right now the two paramedics remain at a Kansas City hospital. Funeral services for Shelby Brandt haven’t been scheduled.




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