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DRIVER OF STOLEN CAR CRASHES INTO AMBULANCE ON HIGHWAY, DIES - New Jersey

Tuesday, February 24, 2015  MAGNOLIA, N.J. (WPVI) -- 
Authorities say a man driving a stolen car has crashed into an ambulance on a New Jersey highway and has been killed.

It happened after 5:00 a.m. Monday at the intersection of South White Horse Pike and Evesham Avenue in Magnolia, New Jersey.

Magnolia police say a preliminary investigation found the car crossed a double yellow line and slid sideways into the front of an ambulance going in the other direction.

The car had earlier been reported stolen to police in Sayreville, an hour's drive northeast of Magnolia. The driver was the sole occupant of the car. 

The two people in the ambulance have been treated for undisclosed injuries and have been released. 

There were no patients in the ambulance, and it wasn't responding to an emergency call at the time the crash occurred. 

   


 

Operation Life ambulance struck by car in Fillmore - Indiana

Tuesday, February 24, 2015  FILLMORE -- A Putnam County Operation Life ambulance was struck by a car around 9:35 p.m. Sunday as Indiana State Police and the Putnam County Sheriff's Department officers were assisting EMS personnel on a medical call at a residence on CR 50 North in Fillmore.

While the ambulance was parked in front of the residence, a westbound 2005 Ford passenger car, driven by 27-year-old Benjamin Weaver of Fillmore, failed to stop or maneuver around the ambulance, and struck the front of the 2013 Chevrolet EMS unit.

Weaver reported he was unable to see well because of all of the vehicle lighting.

No citations were issued and no injuries were reported as Weaver was wearing a seatbelt.

EMS personnel were not in the ambulance at the time of the crash. They were inside a residence on the medical run.

Both the ambulance and passenger car were towed from the scene.

The crash was investigated by ISP Trooper Jonathan Cumbie. Assisting was Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Downing. 

   


 

Ambulance Crew Reunites in Hospital, Medic Remains in Intensive Care - Maryland

Thursday, February 19, 2015  By Sonya Burke

The two paramedics seriously injured in an accident on I-495, while they were responding to another call early Sunday morning, continue to recover from their injuries.

In an update posted on the Glen Echo Fire Department’s Facebook page, John Witherspoon, president of the Conduit Fire and Glen Echo Fire Department, said medic Tom Schryver remains hospitalized in intensive care.

He also noted that two other emergency medical technicians (EMT) who were not physically injured witnessed the horrific accident.

“Meghan Quinn and Wyatt Smith, the two EMTs who were not physically injured, are working through the emotional trauma of having watched their colleagues and friends get hit by a truck and be seriously injured,” sasid Witherspoon. “All are in the early stages of grasping that they have been through a truly life-altering event and not a mere traffic accident.”

According to Witherspoon, the four ambulance crew members gathered alongside Tom’s bedside for the first time since since the accident on Monday night. He said they also got together briefly on Tuesday night to celebrate injured medic Sydney Marshall’s 20th birthday.

Witherspoon also shared details about how the call was broadcast and the support the crew is receiving.

“As some are aware, Meghan’s initial mayday broadcast went out over the dispatch channel rather than the operations channel,” Witherspoon wrote. “The result was that her call was heard by large numbers of fire and law enforcement personnel, many of whom responded immediately from long distances. In some cases, fire and EMS responders were aboard apparatus and out the door before the tones sounded. Meghan, Wyatt, Sydney, and Tom are extraordinarily grateful to their colleagues and partners in the fire, rescue, and police communities for their overwhelming support not only at the time of the incident, but also in the days since.”

Many community members are asking how they can provide more support and assistance to the Glen Echo Fire Department‘s ambulance crew.

“Chief Leusch and I and all of us in the Glen Echo Fire Department family are grateful for these offers. As soon as there is an opportunity to consult with the four EMTs about their preferences in this regard, we will share details,” said Witherspoon. 


   


 

Patient Did Not Survive Ambulance Accident - Georgia

Thursday, February 19, 2015  by WES MAYER WESLEY@NEWNAN.COMUPDATE: The Georgia Department of Public Safety has released the names of those involved in this morning's fatal ambulance accident.

The fatal accident was investigated by a trooper with the Georgia State Patrol about 12:24 a.m., said Tracey Watson with the Department of Public Safety. According to Watson, the ambulance was heading westbound on East Highway 34 near Chatsworth Place when it traveled onto the north shoulder of the road and hit a ditch with its front. The ambulance then continued and hit another ditch at a driveway causing the vehicle to become airborne, rotate clockwise and strike a power pole with its left side. After striking the power pole, the ambulance overturned.

According to Watson, the ambulance was taking Tracy Thomas, 45, to the hospital in non-emergency transport at the time of the accident, but Thomas did not survive. The two paramedics, Scott Alan Eisele, 41, who was driving, and Yappett Renuard Scott, 39, who was in the back with Thomas, were transported to Atlanta Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Scott was transported by helicopter, and Eisele was taken by ground ambulance. 



The Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is conducting a follow-up investigation of the accident, Watson said, and charges are pending. The ambulance was a Coweta County EMS vehicle, but both Eisele and Scott are American Medical Response employees.

Original story:

An ambulance was involved in a rollover accident while transporting a patient to the hospital Wednesday morning, and all three occupants of the ambulance were injured.

It is unclear what the extent of the injuries are at this time, but the paramedic who was in the back of the ambulance was transported from the scene by helicopter, and the patient was transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital in another ambulance, according to authorities at the scene. The driver of the ambulance was also transported to the hospital.

The accident occurred about 12:05 a.m. when the ambulance was traveling westbound on East Highway 34 to take a patient who was experiencing chest pain to the hospital. Near Wexford Drive, the ambulance appeared to drive off the right side of the road and hit a ditch, causing the ambulance to roll over, according to authorities.

The Newnan Times-Herald will provide updates on this story as soon as more details become available.

 

   


 

Ambulance involved in Houston County crash - Minnesota

Thursday, February 19, 2015  Brett Boese, bboese@postbulletin.com

LA CRESCENT — An ambulance responding to a medical call was involved in a crash Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 61 near La Crescent.




According to the Minnesota State Patrol incident report, the ambulance was traveling westbound when it collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 16.

Lucille A. Cordes, 64, of Winona, suffered non-life threatening injuries while driving the ambulance. Her two passengers — Tami L. Heuker, 24, of La Crosse, and Brandon Palleta, 30, of Viroqu, Wis. — also suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash. All three were transported to Gunderson Lutheran in La Crosse for treatment.


Brigette B. Foellmi, 67, of Brownsville, Minn., also suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Gunderson Lutheran for medical attention.


Tri State Ambulance and the La Crescent Police Department assisted at the scene. 

   


 

Icy conditions lead to ambulance crash - Indiana

Thursday, February 19, 2015  PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Icy conditions lead to an ambulance crash.

It happened Wednesday morning on I-70, near the 35 mile marker in Putnam County. 

According to police, the ambulance was traveling eastbound on I-70 when it lost control and went into the median hitting an embankment.

This caused the ambulance to roll over multiple times. 

The driver of the ambulance, 40-year-old Steven Jackson from Clinton and the medic 33-year-old Tom Washburn from Toledo, Illinois, were taken to the Putnam County Hospital with minor injuries. 

A passenger in the ambulance, 21-year-old Erik Sheffler from Terre Haute, was taken to Union Hospital in Terre Haute. 

   


 

Ambulance slides into police cruiser at scene of car crash in Banksville - Pennsylvania

Thursday, February 19, 2015  BANKSVILLE, Pa. — 

An ambulance responding to an accident in Banksville early Tuesday lost control and slid into a police cruiser.

Paramedics said they were called to the scene of a crash on Carnahan Road after an SUV flipped over.

Police said the ambulance was coming down the hill when it slid into the empty cruiser.

No one was hurt.


Two people in the SUV were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries from the initial crash.  

   


 

REPORT: GLENDALE FFs USED EXCESSIVE FORCE

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Thursday, February 19, 2015   Two Glendale firefighters used "excessive force" during an altercation with a mentally ill patient in October, according to the city's internal investigation.

A neighbor recorded part of the incident on his phone, and Glendale human resources staff and a Glendale city attorney used the video and witness statements to come up with their ruling.

The patient, 30-year-old James Murillo, suffers from schizophrenia, according to his family. He was having seizures after an overdose on medications.

Murillo punched one of the firefighters who arrived to take him to the hospital, and said he was trying to get off the gurney.   

The neighbor's video picks up outside the family's home, as firefighters swear at Murillo and his family.

In the report, firefighters say they punched Murillo to "subdue him," to "retaliate," and to "defend themselves."

However, city officials found two firefighters used "excessive force."

They ruled one of them, a captain with more than 15 years on the job, "committed acts of violence against the patient."

The investigators said, "...the amount of force used appears disproportionate to the patient's 'flailing' attempts at assaulting the firefighters..."

They continued, "...the use of profane language was not warranted and ... fueled by anger rather than a genuine desire to defuse the situation."

Also, the firefighters were criticized for the way they handled a patient they knew was medicated for mental illness.

The internal report says the captain, "...exhibited extremely poor judgment in responding to the actions of a patient he knew was mentally unstable..."

Another firefighter punched Murillo "five or six times," leading the officials to conclude, "...the physical force used on the patient ... appears to be excessive, particularly in light of the patient's body position (seated and strapped to the gurney)..."

"They need to be able to subdue him, but to ... beat him? It just wasn't called for," the patient's attorney, David Lunn, told 3TV.

His clients plan to file a notice of claim against the city and the fire department next week.

No firefighters were injured, but Murillo's attorney said his client suffered a concussion and was diagnosed with PTSD after the incident.

"It's stressful for him and the family. They moved out of their house. They don't know what to do if he has a seizure again. They fear to call the fire department, wondering if this could happen again to them. That's their mindset," Lunn said.

The city's internal review of the incident was completed in January but labeled "confidential." It was obtained by 3TV on Wednesday.

It recommends discipline against the firefighters but does not make specific suggestions.

"It is a practice of the city to not provide comment on personnel matters as city employees are subject to due process rights and therefore the city cannot respond until the employee’s due process rights have been exhausted," Glendale Public Information Officer Julie Watters told 3TV.
 
"The timeline for due process can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months as each case creates a different scenario," she added.

No criminal charges were filed against anyone involved.

Glendale's fire chief called the Murillo family to apologize for the firefighters' profanity. He also promised to send his staff through training on how to deal with combative patients and those dealing with mental disorders.

Read more: http://www.azfamily.com/news/Report-says-Glendale-Firefighters-used-excessive-force-on-patient-292531591.html#ixzz3SBybIsEm

   


 

Driver Crashes into Ambulance at Scene of Fatal Arlington Crash, 1 Arrested - Texas

Tuesday, February 17, 2015  By Todd Davis

A woman died, two paramedics were injured and one person was arrested after a series of wrecks in Arlington early Sunday morning, police say. 

Authorities said inclement weather may have caused a driver to crash into a tree near the intersection of Lincoln and Van Buren drives in Arlington. Investigators said the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree just before 1 a.m.

The driver, 22-year-old Rebecca Keel of Hurst, died before paramedics arrived, according police.

As emergency responders worked at the scene of the crash, authorities said a white pickup truck crashed into an Arlington Fire-Rescue ambulance that responded to the call.

Two people inside the truck ran to a nearby apartment complex after the second crash.

Police said they caught the passenger and arrested him for public intoxication. Officers are still searching for the driver.

Two Arlington paramedics suffered minor injuries in the crash, but were not hospitalized.

   


 

Volunteer EMS struck on I-495 remain hospitalized - Maryland

Tuesday, February 17, 2015  ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Two volunteer Montgomery County emergency medical services personnel who were injured while helping at a crash scene on the Beltway are still in the hospital.

Glen Echo Fire Department EMT Thomas E. Schryver, 26, and EMT Sydney E. Marshall, 19, were both transported to Suburban Hospital after they were struck by a car while assisting at a crash scene on I-495 early Sunday morning. Montgomery County fire officials say they are resting and in good spirits on Monday morning. They also say that their conditions are improving and the prognoses for both are good.

At approximately 12:15 a.m., police said officers responded to the Inner Loop of I-495 at River Road for a report of a crash. The two EMS personnel had responded to a previous crash and were assisting patients inside a 2014 Toyota on the right shoulder of the inner loop. Police say Curcho lost control of his 2005 Ford F-150, skidded across two lanes, hitting the rear of the Toyota and striking both EMT personnel.

A county ambulance was also on the shoulder of the Inner Loop with emergency lights activated, police said. Before coming to a rest, the pickup truck also struck the ambulance. Police say it is ongoing investigation.

It is not known if the patients in the Toyota sustained additional injuries in the second crash. Police say they were transported to MedStar Hospital for treatment.

When the crash occurred, the roadway was covered in snow, police said.

The driver of the striking vehicle was identified as Maximillano A. Curcho, 34, of Clarksburg, Md. Police say he was also transported to Suburban Hospital. 

   


 

Hit-and-run involving ambulance follows deadly crash in North Arlington - Texas

Tuesday, February 17, 2015  By Matt Peterson

Two crashes happened in rapid succession this morning in North Arlington.

An ambulance responding to a deadly crash in North Arlington was struck in a hit-and-run accident early Monday.

The first crash was reported shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Lincoln Drive, just north of Lamar Boulevard. Rebecca Keel of Hurst lost control on a curve and crashed into a tree.

Keel, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

An American Medical Response ambulance dispatched to the accident was also involved in a crash, said Lt. Lee Tovar, a fire spokesman. A white pickup hit the ambulance head on, and the occupants fled to a nearby apartment complex.

The passenger in the pickup was arrested on a public intoxication charge. The driver remains at large, according to our colleagues at KXAS-TV (NBC 5).

AMR has not released any information about whether anyone on the ambulance crew suffered serious injuries. But NBC 5 said they were treated for minor injuries and were not hospitalized. 

   


 

Ambulance Involved In Fayetteville Wreck - Arkansas

Tuesday, February 17, 2015  BY 

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -A pickup truck rear-ended an ambulance Monday morning in Fayetteville, but there were no injuries, according to local police.

Police and an ambulance responded to the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Hollywood Avenue, east of Interstate 49, following the crash around 8 a.m..

Fayetteville police said no one was hurt, and the wreck was a minor fender-bender. The ambulance was not on the way to a call, and there were no patients in the ambulance at the time, police said. 

   


 

Ambulance involved in crash responding to a call - Maryland

Sunday, February 15, 2015  ODENTON, Md. - Two paramedics were transported to the hospital after their ambulance was involved in a crash early Friday evening in Odenton.

The ambulance was en route to a call on Route 175 when a vehicle crashed into the unit at approximately 6 p.m.

The two paramedics were transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center for an evaluation, Lt. Cliff Kooser from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 54-year-old woman, was transported to Shock Trauma in Baltimore with serious non-life threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 

   


 

Icy Conditions Create Crash, Closes Beltway Inner Loop - Maryland

Sunday, February 15, 2015  Two volunteer Montgomery County emergency medical services personnel were injured early Sunday when they were struck by a vehicle while assisting injured persons at a crash scene on I-495.

The EMS personnel are identified as volunteer Glen Echo Fire Department EMT Thomas E. Schryver, 26, and EMT Sydney E. Marshall, 19. Both were transported to Suburban Hospital.

The driver of the striking vehicle is identified as Maximillano A. Curcho, 34, Clarksburg, Maryland. He was also transported to Suburban Hospital.

At about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, troopers from the Rockville Barrack were dispatched to the inner loop of I-495 at River Road for the report of a crash in which two county rescue personnel had been struck.

The preliminary investigation indicated the two EMTs had responded to a previous crash and were attending to patients inside a 2014 Toyota Corolla that was on the right shoulder of the inner loop of I-495 at River Road. A county ambulance was also on the shoulder with emergency lights activated.

The investigation indicates Curcho was approaching the scene, operating a 2005 Ford F-150. For reasons unknown at this time, Curcho apparently lost control of his vehicle, skidded across two lanes of I-495 and onto the shoulder. The pickup struck the Toyota in the rear and struck both EMT personnel. The pickup then struck the ambulance before coming to rest.

The persons in the Toyota were transported to MedStar Hospital for treatment. It is not currently known if they sustained additional injuries in the second crash.

The Maryland State Police Crash Team is conducting the ongoing investigation. Nothing has been ruled out at this time as a possible cause of the crash. No charges have been filed at this time, pending the outcome of evidence analysis and the crash investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is urged to contact the Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack at 301-424-2101.

 

   


 

3 injured in accident involving overturned ambulance - New York

Saturday, February 14, 2015  Authorities say three people have been injured — one critically — in a crash that left an ambulance overturned in Brooklyn.

Fire officials say it happened at 10:55 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Linden Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue.

A second vehicle was involved but details of the crash were not immediately known.

The FDNY says one person was transported in critical condition, one was serious but stable and the third suffered minor injuries.

It wasn't immediately known if the victims came from both vehicles. 

   


 
 
 

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