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Montgomery County police still searching for stolen ambulance suspect - Maryland

Saturday, April 26, 2014  By John Gonzalez

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJLA) Montgomery County police are still trying to figure out who got behind the wheel of a county ambulance last week and drove off.

Ambulance 742 Foxtrot was checking on a patient in their home while responding to an emergency call late Friday. When the EMS crew returned, the ambulance, which was parked at the corner of Grandview and Blueridge Avenue, was missing.

Crews left the the ambulance running with emergency warning equipment, which is common on most calls, but it's still unclear if the ambulance was locked.

Police found the ambulance minutes later about three blocks away.

"You would think a fire truck or an ambulance would be immune... but it doesn't surprise me," said Wheaton resident Omar Halwani.

A spokesperson with Montgomery County Fire and EMS said due to radios and equipment in the ambulance and incident priorities, engines are usually left running. However, crews still need to have situational awareness and always secure the doors.

In a memo sent to personnel, the fire chief echoed this sentiment, urging crews to "be consistently aware of the security of our equipment and vehicles and, when possible, ensure that we do not leave apparatus unattended."

The department is currently reviewing its security protocol and practices, but the process began before last Friday's incident.



Paramedic in Ambulance Rollover Crash Leaves Hospital - California

Saturday, April 26, 2014  By Jonathan LloydOleevia Woo and Hetty ChangA paramedic who was treating a patient in the back of an ambulance when it collided with a car was released from the hospital Monday evening.

Alex Wong, 20, was seated in the back of a CARE ambulance Monday when the crash happened.

The ambulance was taking a patient from Long Beach Memorial Hospital to Long Beach Community Hospital when the crash happened.

Ambulance dash cam video obtained by NBC4 showed a black sedan running a red light and colliding into the ambulance, tossing it on its side.

The ambulance was on a non-emergency call, so it did not have lights and sirens on.

The crash happened at 5 a.m. near Orange Avenue and Spring Street in Signal Hill. The woman driving the sedan, and all three occupants of the ambulance, were taken to the hospital for their injuries.

Wong suffered a compressed spinal fracture, fractured rib and minor cuts to both legs and the right side of his forehead. He also had a more serious cut to the left side of the head.

The dash cam video from the CARE ambulance showed David Romero, the ambulance driver, traveling eastbound on Spring Street headed toward a green light.

He is seen on the video trying to veer right before a black sedan comes into the frame, colliding into the ambulance. The video clearly shows the traffic light was green when Romero entered the intersection.

Wong told NBC 4 he is suffering from injuries to his head, back and side. He said had it not been for the protective netting he grasped onto at the moment of impact, his injuries could have been much worse.

Also, gurneys in each ambulance, according to CARE, are mounted to the floor.

"That stayed all the way through the accident and the patient stayed strapped to the gurney and the gurney strapped to the vehicle so that plays a lot into the patient's safety," said Bob Barry of CARE. "The attendant also wears a seatbelt and restraint in the back."

Signal Hill police had been reviewing the dash cam video and investigating what caused the woman driving the black sedan to go through what appeared to be a red light in the video. 



4 Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash Involving Ambulance in Signal Hill - California

Saturday, April 26, 2014  By John Moreno

Four people were were injured Monday morning in a crash involving a car and an ambulance in Signal Hill, authorities said.

Officers responded about 4:36 a.m. to a report of a rollover traffic collision at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Spring Street, Signal Hill police said in a statement. Upon arrival, the officers found an ambulance on its side and a black Lincoln Town car.

One person was briefly trapped in the ambulance, which had been transporting a patient in a non-emergency at the time of the collision, authorities said. The original destination of the ambulance was unknown.

The injured sustained minor to critical injuries, according to police.

Three were transported to Long Beach Memorial Hospital for treatment, said Wendy Dow, spokeswoman for the facility. A fourth person declined medical care.

One of the injured was later released, while two remained hospitalized in fair condition, Dow said.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.



Ambulance fire under investigation in Nitro, WV

Saturday, April 26, 2014  Crews responded to an ambulance fire at Medic Station 32 at 201 1st Avenue South in Nitro.  

The call came in shortly after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.

The fire started in the engine compartment underneath the hood, engulfing the ambulance.

The sprinkler system activated the alarm system inside the building.  Neighbors heard it and called 911, in which both the Nitro and St. Albans fire departments responded.

They successfully put out the fire.

No one was injured and no one was at the station at the time of the fire.

The fire is under investigation by the WV State Fire Marshal's Office. 



Michigan Ambulance Crash Causes Building Explosion

Saturday, April 26, 2014  GENESEE TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - An ambulance struck a gas line at the Mobile Medical Response, or MMR, building and caused an explosion. The building is located near Saginaw Road and Wisner Avenue in Genesee Township. MMR employees were able to evacuate the building and call for help prior. "I've been on almost 18 years and I've never seen a situation like this before," said Mt. Morris Fire Chief Damon Tobias. "Very scary." 



Ambulance, SUV collide; five people injured in city - South Dakota

Saturday, April 19, 2014  By John Reynolds
Staff Writer 

An ambulance carrying a woman critically injured in a traffic accident on South Dirksen Parkway was involved in a second crash Friday about a block away at Clear Lake Avenue.A total of five people were injured in the two crashes, including a Springfield firefighter. The two injuries from the initial wreck, which did not involve the firefighter, were described by authorities as life-threatening.“The patient in the ambulance (involved in the crash) was in traumatic arrest,” Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin said. “They were performing CPR on that patient when they were hit at the intersection.”The first crash occurred about 5:15 p.m. when a woman who was westbound on Niccolls Road pulled out in front of a pickup truck that was heading north on Dirksen. The pickup’s driver tried to stop but struck the other vehicle on the driver’s side, said Lt. Bill Neale of the Springfield Police Department.There was a female passenger in the woman’s vehicle.“The driver was in the worst shape. She had to be extricated,” Neale said.The driver of the pickup truck did not appear to be seriously injured.Springfield police officers were blocking southbound Dirksen when the second crash occurred about 5:40 p.m.“The ambulance had all of its emergency equipment, its lights, siren and air horn, on,” Neale said. “From the officer’s opinion, all of the traffic was stopped as the ambulance entered the intersection. A vehicle traveling west on Clear Lake came through the light, and the ambulance struck it.”The vehicle that collided with the Medics First ambulance was an SUV that rolled over. At least one person was extricated from the SUV by firefighters and taken to Memorial Medical Center.“The vehicle, they believe, probably had the green light, but everybody else heard and saw the ambulance and were yielding when he came through,” Neale said. “The initial indication is that the at-fault vehicle is going to be the westbound (SUV).”Fustin said the injured firefighter was treated at St. John’s Hospital and released. He described the injuries to the two other people — a nurse and the SUV’s driver — at the second accident scene as not serious.The glare from the setting sun could have been a factor in the second crash, Neale said.None of the names of the injured were available Friday evening.Contact John Reynolds:, 788-1524,

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Crash on Lititz Pike leaves ambulance overturned - Pennsylvania

Friday, April 18, 2014  LANCASTER, Pa. -- A crash on Lititz Pike caused an ambulance to overturn on Wednesday morning. Emergency crews are on the scene. There have been no reported injuries



Driver charged with DUI after crashing into ambulance - Kentucky

Wednesday, April 16, 2014  By Charles Gazaway

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville man is facing DUI charges after he crashed into an ambulance. Dennis F. Humphrey, Jr., 41, of the Germantown neighborhood, was arrested April 14.

The accident happened at the intersection of S. Preston Street and E. Breckinridge at 9:23 p.m. and involved an ambulance from Bullitt County.

The arrest report says Humphrey and the front seat passenger originally told officers that another person who they did not know was driving the car. Another passenger told police Humphrey was driving.

Officers said Humphrey smelled strongly of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet. Police also said Humphrey's injuries were consistent with a front end crash.

After treatment Humphrey was booked into Louisville Metro Corrections. He is charged of operating a motor vehicle under the influence an failure to maintain insurance. 



Man arrested after crashing into an ambulance - Kentucky

Wednesday, April 16, 2014  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - A man has been arrested after a car crash involving an ambulance.

Officers said Dennis Humphrey crashed into an ambulance the evening of April 14. The accident took place at the intersection of S. Preston Street and E. Breckinridge.

When police arrived on the scene, they said that he smelled of alcohol. Humphrey is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence and failure to maintain insurance. 



Hydroplaning ambulance flips on Highway 385 - Tennessee

Tuesday, April 15, 2014  MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) - An ambulance flipped over from the eastbound lane on Highway 385 near Ridgeway Road. The accident happened early Monday morning.According to Lt. Martin Boldt with Memphis Police Department, the ambulance hydroplaned off of the road. The accident was weather-related.

At least one paramedic was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in non-critical condition.

According to Lt. Boldt, the paramedics will be issued a ticket. 



Idaho man who crashed into ambulance on the run

Tuesday, April 15, 2014  BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A man who Idaho State Police says crashed into an ambulance last October is on the run.

ISP says it's looking for Samuel John McCartney, 36, of Twin Falls, who was charged with inattentive driving in Adams County after the car he was driving collided head-on with a Council Ambulance Oct. 22. 

That crash seriously injured two EMTs that were treating a patient in the back of the ambulance at the time of the crash and injured the driver of the ambulance, as well as, the patient. 

McCartney appeared at his arraignment in Third District Court in February but failed to appear for a scheduled pretrial conference in court on March 27. 

Anyone with information on the location of McCartney is asked to call Idaho State Police at (208) 884-7360.  



Driver runs red light in south Phoenix, tips over ambulance

Monday, April 14, 2014  PHOENIX -- A red light runner crashed into a Phoenix Fire Department ambulance early Sunday morning and caused it to tip over.

ABC 15 reports the driver who ran the red light at a speed of almost 70 mph was taken to a hospital and was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol. The driver suffered a broken leg in the crash. Two passengers were in the vehicle, but both refused medical treatment.

The T-bone crash happened at the intersection of 7th Street and Broadway Road in south Phoenix at around 2:30 a.m.

The ambulance was going eastbound and was in the process of taking a female patient to a hospital.

Three firefighters and the patient inside the ambulance were transported to a hospital, and all are expected to be OK, reportedly suffering only bruises.

The intersection has been reopened as of late Sunday morning. 



Four injured in crash involving Phoenix Fire Dept. ambulance

Monday, April 14, 2014  By Brian Pryor

Two paramedics and a heart patient were traveling to the hospital overnight when an impaired driver ran a red light, hitting the ambulance, and it on its side.

Police say the crash happened after 2:30 a.m. Sunday near seventh St & Broadway.

"From what the witnesses are saying he was going 60 to 70 miles an hour so were still trying to investigate that but that's what the witnesses are telling us," said Lt. Ed DeCastro with the Phoenix Police Department.'

The driver of the car that ran the red light also was taken to the hospital.

Investigators believe he was impaired and plan to charge the man once he is released from the hospital.



Accident involving ambulance sends one to the hospital - New York

Sunday, April 13, 2014  By Adam Francis, News 4 Assignment Desk

OLEAN, N.Y. (WIVB) – Olean Police say the driver of a pick-up truck has been hospitalized after a crash involving an ambulance in the City of Olean.

The pick-up truck was traveling north on the Southern Tier Expressway and then exited onto Route 16. According to police, the pick-up blew through the stop sign at the end of the off-ramp and struck an ambulance that had the right of way on Route 16.

The driver of the pick-up was taken to Olean General Hospital. No charges have been filed at this time. 



Medical helicopter crashes on roof of N.M. hospital - New Mexico

Sunday, April 13, 2014  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Investigators are trying to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center. Officials said all three people aboard escaped serious injury.

The male pilot was reported in satisfactory condition and the two crew members, a man and a woman, were under observation after the crash at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, authorities said. No further information was available on their conditions.

No patients were aboard the chopper when it went down during takeoff Wednesday. 



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