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Lake County ambulance driver cited for running red light, crashing into police cruiser - Florida

Wednesday, February 19, 2014  LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — 

Video obtained by Channel 9 Eyewitness News shows a Lake County ambulance smashing into a Clermont police cruiser.
The accident happened at the intersection of Citrus Tower and North Ridge boulevards.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers said paramedic John Steadman caused the crash when he ran the red light. 
Troopers said there was no emergency when the driver ran through the red light.
"We were transporting a patient at the time," said Jerry Smith ofLake County Emergency Services. "It's very fortunate that no one was seriously hurt."
Smith said it was disappointing to hear about the crash.
"I was concerned for my staff and the person in the other vehicle, and when once I learned we were transporting a patient, for them as well," said Smith
Smith said Steadman is fairly new to the department.
"He's been with us for about six months. He had a clean record when we hired him and he has not had any other issues since he's been with us," said Smith.
Each Lake County ambulance is equipped with cameras that monitor the driver and the road "to check for safety, because every once and a while there is a collision such as this," said Smith.
There were no serious injuries in the accident.
Steadman was cited for running the light and troopers said he was speeding at the time of the crash.
Steadman has been suspended from his job.




Truck strikes parked ambulance; police seek driver - Massachusetts

Wednesday, February 19, 2014  By Jacqueline Tempera

Natick police are searching for the operator of a truck involved in a hit-and-run accident with an ambulance Monday afternoon, police said.

A Natick Fire Department ambulance was parked outside a residence on Rockland Street at about 2:30 p.m., responding to a call, when a red pickup truck hit the vehicle. The driver then allegedly sped away, said a fire department dispatcher.

“Thankfully no one was inside the ambulance,” said the dispatcher. “Everyone was okay.”

The ambulance suffered minor damage, and EMS workers were able to transport the Rockland Street resident to the hospital without incident, said the dispatcher.

Anyone with information about the truck’s operator is encouraged to call the Natick police at (508) 647-9500.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at Follow her on twitter @jacktemp 



Ambulance collides with car while transporting crash victim - Arizona

Wednesday, February 19, 2014  AVONDALE, Ariz. -- An ambulance and a car collided Monday afternoon while that ambulance was transporting a victim from an earlier car crash.

It happened on Dysart Road at Interstate 10.

The first crash was being handled on an interstate off ramp by officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, according to Sgt. Brandon Busse with the Avondale Police Dept.

A victim from that crash was being taken to a hospital in an ambulance.

Sgt. Busse said, as the ambulance approached a red light the ambulance driver slowed and waited for the intersection to clear. As the ambulance went through the intersection a car failed to stop and crashed into the ambulance.

Three people involved in that crash had to be taken to a hospital in another ambulance, according to Sgt. Busse.

All of the victims are expected to survive.

Sgt. Busse said the driver who crashed into the ambulance will be cited. 



More Details Released In Ambulance Crash That Killed Former Fire Chief - Kentucky

Monday, February 17, 2014 
A report has been released about a crash that killed a former Lincoln County fire chief when he collided with an ambulance in January.

The Interior Journal reports that the driver of the ambulance did have his emergency lights and sirens on as he approached the intersection on U.S. 27 and Lancaster Street.

The report states the ambulance slowed down, but didn't check for traffic. That's when the former fire chief,Walter Manuel, didn't stop and was hit by the ambulance.

The paper says Manuel's son told police that he was hearing impaired and didn't have his hearing aids in at the time of the accident.

The report also cites a tire failure on the ambulance, and that speed as a factor in the crash. 



Ambulance involved in serious crash on I-70 - Indiana

Monday, February 17, 2014  WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) – On Friday around 2 p.m., a Trans-Care Ambulance was involved in a serious collision on Interstate 70.

Officials say the ambulance was transporting a patient from an Indianapolis Hospital to Terre Haute when the accident happened near the junction of I-70 and Highway 231.

No information was available on the patient who was being transported in the ambulance, but they were taken from the scene by Putnam County Operation Life.

Both Trans-Care crew members are being evaluated in Terre Haute, our sister station WTHI reports.

More information with be available as details are released. 



Ambulance crashes on slick southwest Va road

Friday, February 14, 2014  NICKELSVILLE, Va. — Virginia State Police say three people were injured when an ambulance crashed on a slick southwest Virginia road.

The single-vehicle crash took place Thursday morning in Scott County when the Nickelsville Volunteer Rescue Squad ambulance ran off the right side of Route 71, struck a rock ledge and overturned onto its side.

Officials say the ambulance was not on an emergency transport, but did have an adult female patient onboard that was headed for Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.

The driver of the ambulance, a medic and the patient were all transported to Holston Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The road at the site of the crash was snow-covered but police say other sections of the road were clear. The crash remains under investigation.




Photos: Ambulance, VDOT truck overturn on icy roads - Virginia

Friday, February 14, 2014  By Wes Bunch

NICKELSVILLE — First responders in Scott County were dispatched to an ambulance wreck Thursday morning that was reportedly caused by icy road conditions on Nickelsville Highway. 

A crash involving a Nickelsville Rescue Squad ambulance with three entrapments was reported to Scott County Central Dispatch at 10:50 a.m. The accident occurred approximately 6 miles north of Gate City on state Route 71, less than a mile south of its intersections with Route 671. 

The ambulance was reportedly transporting a patient from Nickelsville to Kingsport when it flipped onto its side. Virginia State Police said the ambulance ran off the right side of the road before striking a rock ledge and overturning.

Although some sections of Route 71 were clear, officials said road conditions at the site of the crash were icy and slushy due the morning's heavy snowfall. 

The ambulance driver, a medic and a patient were in the vehicle when it crashed. All three were taken to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries by ambulances from the Duffield Rescue Squad and Scott County Life Saving Crew. 

The wreck is being investigated by the Virginia State Police. The Scott County Sheriff's Office was also dispatched to the scene, as were responders from the Duffield Rescue Squad, the Gate City Volunteer Fire Department and the Nickelsville Rescue Squad. 

The ambulance wreck occurred a short distance from where a Virginia Department of Transportation contractor's vehicle crashed Wednesday night. 

Snow and ice covered roads reportedly caused the truck to slide off Route 71 and come to rest on its side next to a barn.

A VDOT spokeswoman said there were no injuries in the crash. The truck will be removed by the department once road conditions have improved, she said. 



AMBULANCE CRASH: Impossible to tell who was at fault in snowy Buffalo accident - Minnesota

Friday, February 14, 2014  BUFFALO, Minn. (KMSP) -The investigation into a head-on crash involving an ambulance and SUV in Buffalo, Minn. last month is complete, but investigators say heavy snow made it impossible to tell who was at fault.

The driver of the SUV, Marilyn Paumen, died of her injuries. The investigation found she had a .035 blood alcohol level – well under the under .08 legal limit.

Emergency medical technician Tim Daly and paramedic Brian Nagel were both seriously injured in the crash. Daly and Nagel were driving the Allina ambulance westbound on County Road 35 in the early morning hours of Jan. 18 when they collided with Paumen's eastbound SUV near Eaken Avenue NE.

Nagel was in the back of the ambulance with a patient at the time of the crash. With everyone else rendered unconscious by the force of the collision, she was the one who called 911.



Ambulance involved in crash in Waterloo - Iowa

Thursday, February 13, 2014  By Jeff Reinitz

WATERLOO | Police are investigating a semi accident that claimed the life of a driver Wednesday.

The T-bone crash, involving a passenger car, happened shortly after 11 a.m. on Highway 21/Hawkeye Road at the Highway 20 interchange.

The driver who died in the accident was identified as Alice K. Hovenga, 84, of Evansdale. The semi driver was identified as Michael E. Pecenka, 60, of Boone.

Hovenga was heading south on Highway 21 when she apparently attempted to enter the on-ramp and turned left in front of a northbound tractor trailer, said Capt. Tim Pillack.

Paramedics with Waterloo Fire Rescue took her to Covenant Medical Center where she later died, police said.

The crash was just one of several accidents in the area during a morning snowfall.

In an unrelated crash, a Chickasaw Ambulance Service rig was involved in a minor two-vehicle collision on Highway 63 north of Waterloo.

No injuries were reported, and the ambulance patient was loaded into another ambulance to continue the trip to a Waterloo hospital, according to Black Hawk County sheriff's deputies.

The crash happened around 10:15 p.m. the ambulance and a passenger car were headed south on Highway 63 just south of Bennington Road, deputies said. The ambulance ended up in the median, and the car spun around and came to a stop on the west side of the road.

Medics with Waterloo Fire Rescue were called to transport the patient. 



Car slams into Cherokee County ambulance - Georgia

Thursday, February 13, 2014  CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. —

Cherokee authorities say a 21-year-old driver lost control on an icy road and hit an ambulance carrying a 4-year-old patient on Wednesday afternoon.

Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services officials said the ambulance  received a green light to make a left turn on Highway 5 from the Publix parking lot at East Cherokee Drive when a car driver "traveling at a substantial rate of speed" could not stop at the red light.

The driver lost control and hit the side of the ambulance, glanced off and then ran into a National Guard Humvee that was escorting the ambulance to the hospital, officials said. The ambulance driver said none of the occupants involved appeared to have suffered injuries in the wreck.

The 4-year-old patient was eventually taken to a hospital complaining of back pain caused from sledding.

Officials said the 21-year-old car driver told authorities she wanted to see what it was like out on the roads. Cherokee officials, however, stress the importance of people staying off the roads as sleet and freezing rain continue to make driving very hazardous.

The accident is being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol. 



N.J. ambulance goes up in flames while transporting patient

Thursday, February 13, 2014  BUDD LAKE, N.J. — An ambulance transporting a patient to a local hospital went up in flames after smoke started pouring out of the dashboard.  

The crew pulled to the side of the road and quickly removed the 40-year-old patient from the back of the ambulance, getting him to an apartment building for safety, according to Budd Lake Fire. By the time firefighters arrived, the ambulance was fully engulfed. Firefighters stretched their front bomber line and had the flames under control within 15 minutes, but the rig was a total loss, reports. 

First aid squads transported the original patient to the hospital, along with two ambulance crew members who suffered smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.  



First Responders Injured in Accident - Tennessee

Thursday, February 13, 2014 
MIDTOWN JACKSON -- According to investigators on the scene, an ambulance hit the back of a car near the intersection of north Highland and Walnut Street.

The ambulance was heading to a nearby hospital with a patient on board when the collision happened. The ambulance driver, two firefighters on board and a person in the car were injured in the crash. 

Another ambulance was dispatched to take the original patient on to the hospital. Those were injured have what are believed to be non life-threatening injuries and also taken to an area hospital.

Both north and southbound lanes of Highland are closed at Forest Avenue. 



Video: Three Injured in FDNY Ambulance, Bus Crash — 16 Kids to Hospital for Evaluation

Thursday, February 13, 2014  Three people, including two EMS responders, were injured Sunday night when an ambulance from the FDNY was involved in an accident with a school bus, according to ABC7 New York. None of the 16 kids on board the bus were seriously injured but were taken to an area hospital for evaluation. The driver of the bus and EMS crew were taken to area hospitals, reportedly in serious condition. The cause of the crash is under investigation. 



Pa. man threatens to kill EMT, nurse

Thursday, February 13, 2014  By Mark Gilger
The News-Item

COAL TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A Mount Carmel man transported by ambulance to a local hospital Saturday morning allegedly assaulted an emergency medical technician and threatened to kill the EMT and an emergency room nurse.

Timothy S. Shirk, 48, of 24 E. Third St., Apartment 400, later fled from Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital (G-SACH), but was apprehended nearby, police said.

He was jailed in Northumberland County Prison, Sunbury, after being arraigned shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday by on-call Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones on a felony of aggravated assault and misdemeanors of simple assault and disorderly conduct. Shirk was unable to post $25,000 cash bail.

Cuts to face, hand

According to arresting township officer Matthew Hashuga, the disturbance occurred at about 1:15 a.m. after Shirk was transported from Mount Carmel by AREA Services Ambulance to G-SACH.

Police said Shirk was under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance and had suffered facial and hand lacerations when ambulance personnel picked him up. Police said they did not know how he had been cut.

Upon arrival at the hospital, police said Shirk became unruly in the back of the ambulance and began grabbing at EMT James Vetovich's clipboard. When the rear door of the ambulance was opened, EMT Albert Mench III said Shirk attempted to free himself from his restraints and strike Vetovich. Mench told police he tried to calm Shirk down, at which point Shirk grabbed him by the neck, squeezed his throat and threatened to kill him.

Mench said he and Vetovich were able to restrain Shirk and escorted him into the emergency room. Upon being placed on a hospital bed, Shirk became violent and began yelling and making threats toward emergency room nurse Melissa Schoch. Police said Shirk used obscene language toward Schoch and threatened to kill her.

Mench said Shirk then grabbed his shirt, causing the left pocket to rip.

Hospital staff ordered Shirk to be escorted from the facility.

Shirk fled from the hospital grounds, but was apprehended by police a short time later at Center Street and Hospital Road.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Mench and Vetovich reportedly were not injured. 



Ambulance Accident Leads to Three Fatalities - Texas

Tuesday, February 11, 2014  by Chelsea Schmid

An ambulance making an emergency run from Sterling City to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo Tuesday morning at 1:47 a.m. ended tragically when a crash and subsequent fire resulted in three individuals losing their lives.

The ambulance was traveling southbound on U.S. 87, 1.9 miles south of Carlsbad (10 miles north of San Angelo), when it began to lose control on an icy patch of highway, causing the vehicle to slide of the road to the left and into the center median. The driver of the ambulance overcorrected back to the right, crossing both southbound lanes before sliding off the right side of the highway and hitting the west ditch, where the vehicle rolled. The ambulance came to a stop upside down facing northeast in the west ditch of U.S. 87, where it caught fire and burned, a DPS press release states.

Paramedic Raymond Bernard Allison, 52, as well as the patient, 45-year-old Jose Cruz Gonzales Gurrola, and a laborer named Anacleto Gonzalez Gurrola, 43, all perished in the crash. The three victims were pronounced dead at the scene by Tom Green County Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard and their bodies were transported to Robert Massie Funeral Home in San Angelo. Allison was from Sterling City, the Gurrolas, who are brothers, were from San Angelo.

The driver of the ambulance, 45-year-old Joann Adamiak Moore of Sterling City, was transported to Shannon Medical Center with incapacitating injuries.

The crash is still under investigation by DPS Trooper Mathew Walts, Highway Patrol, San Angelo. Grape Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Tom Green County Sheriff’s Department and San Angelo EMS are assisting.

Next of kin has been notified for all three victims. 



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