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Man charged in collision with ambulance in Hoke County - North Carolina

Tuesday, September 23, 2014  RAEFORD - One person was charged after a crash involving an emergency vehicle on a country road Sunday afternoon in Hoke County.

Vester Sasser, 32, of the 1500 block of Red Springs Road in Raeford, was charged with failure to see before turning from a direct line in a passing zone. He allegedly made a left turn from Red Springs Road into his driveway, while an ambulance tried to pass him, according to state Highway Patrol.

There were no patients in the back of the ambulance, said Trooper S.A. Locklear. The driver and passenger of the ambulance were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries, he said.

Lights, siren

The ambulance was traveling eastbound on Red Springs Road, also known as N.C. 211, to respond to an emergency call around 4:37 p.m. The ambulance had his lights and siren activated, Locklear said.

The ambulance was traveling at 55 mph, which is the speed limit on that road, Locklear said. The area is about 1 mile east of Raeford, he said.

As the ambulance approached the Toyota Tundra driven by Sasser to pass it, he turned left. The ambulance struck the side of the truck.

Hoke County communications dispatched another ambulance to respond to the original emergency call, Locklear said.

- Amanda Dolasinski 



Patient Dies In Marion County Crash Involving Ambulance, Vehicle - West Virginia

Tuesday, September 23, 2014  By Jeffrey Morris

BARRACKVILLE, W.Va. – One person died and several people were injured in Marion County after an ambulance and a Jeep crashed, plunging the ambulance over an embankment into a creek.

A spokeswoman for Marion County 911 said the accident happened about 1 p.m. Monday on Route 250 at the intersection of Husky Highway and Pike Street. At about 4 p.m., Route 250 remained shut down from Hampton Road all the way to Hillcrest Road.

The patient in the ambulance died in the accident, 911 said. One woman rescue squad member was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital. Several other people were taken to Fairmont Regional Medical Center by ground transport. Their conditions were unavailable.

Multiple law enforcement and rescue units from Marion, Harrison, Taylor and Monongalia counties responded to the wreck along with the state Division of Natural Resources and the Division of Highways.  



CoxHealth ambulance crashes, hospital says everybody 'fine' - Missouri

Sunday, September 21, 2014  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -CoxHealth says everyone is fine after one of its ambulances was involved in a crash in southeast Springfield.  Springfield police say the crash involved the ambulance and another vehicleat the intersection of National Avenue at Primrose Street about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

CoxHealth would not say how many people were involved in the crash.  Springfield police did not have the information available.




Three injured after car crashes into ambulance in South Los Angeles

Sunday, September 21, 2014  LOS ANGELES >> A car crashed head-on into an ambulance in South Los Angeles, injuring two paramedics and the driver who crashed into them, a police sergeant said today.

The head-on crash occurred at about 11:10 p.m. Saturday at 60th Street and Western Avenue, said Sgt. Rudy Alaniz of the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Station.

“All three victims had to be extricated,” Alaniz said. The injuries appeared to be minor but the three injured people were transported to hospitals to be checked over.

The cause of the accident was under investigation, he said. 



Ambulance involved in Holland area crash - Michigan

Sunday, September 21, 2014  By John Tunison | 

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Dispatchers say there were no reported serious injuries in a crash involving an ambulance at 120th Avenue and Riley Street in the Holland area.

The crash happened at about 4:45 p.m. and involved an American Medical Response ambulance, according to police at the scene.

An officer indicated that both ambulance medics were fine. It wasn't clear if anyone in the other vehicle was injured.




Medic dead from heart attack at 46 remembered - Texas

Saturday, September 20, 2014  By Andrea Salazar
The Eagle

LEON COUNTY, Texas — A Leon County paramedic, who died of an apparent heart attack while on duty, had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of his first grandchild.

Mike Howard, a medic with Jewett EMS and adjunct instructor for TEEX, was pronounced dead at St. Joseph hospital Saturday morning in Madisonville. He had been responding to a 911 call at about 6 a.m. when he collapsed, said Jewett EMS Director of Operations Weslie Collins.

A visitation has been scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Groesbeck Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck with burial to follow at Kosse City Cemetery.

Collins described Howard as “a joker” who liked to pull harmless pranks but who was very dedicated to his job.

“It’s a big void to fill,” Collins said of Howard, who managed the education program at the department and served as a shift supervisor.

Howard trained as a firefighter while in the Navy and volunteered with the Kosse Volunteer Fire Department when he was discharged, according to his obituary.

His 22 years in emergency medical services took him from the Mexia Fire Department to Limestone Medical Center and Teague EMS before joining Jewett EMS in 2007.

“Serving the public and helping his fellow man was Mike’s primary goal in life,” family said in his obituary.

First responders from across the state will guard Howard’s casket through Friday when he is buried in his hometown. 



Va. Firefighter/Medic Hurt in Ambulance Crash

Saturday, September 20, 2014  A Newport News firefighter-medic was injured after the medic unit the person was riding in was struck by another vehicle Saturday evening, police said.

The incident happened just after 7:30 p.m. in the area of 39th Street and Roanoke Avenue, where the unit carrying a patient was traveling with its emergency equipment on, said Newport News Police Department spokesman Lou Thurston.

That equipment includes a device that changes the traffic signal to green for the medic unit and red for signals in all other directions. Thurston said.

The driver of the other vehicle, however, continued through a red light and hit the side of the unit, he said.

The firefighter-medic was taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries that were not considered serious, and the patient was not hurt in the accident, Thurston said.

Police detained and interviewed a suspected driver, who police said initially fled the scene and was apprehended, was released "pending further investigation," Thurston said. Investigators will discuss with the Commonwealth's Attorney about whether charges will be filed.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.




Vehicles pile up after heavy rain, ambulance sideswiped by 18-wheeler - Texas

Saturday, September 20, 2014  By Rachel Smith, Associate Producer,

By Nick Bradshaw, KTXS Photographer,

By John Grobe, News Reporter,

ABILENE, Texas -A number of accidents occurred Thursday afternoon on westbound Interstate 20 near Merkel, including one involving an ambulance. The crashes occurred between mile markers 271 and 275 near Merkel.

An 18-wheeler jackknifed on the roadway, causing six cars behind it to brake and rear end each other. An ambulance that responded to the scene was sideswiped by a different 18-wheeler.

Merkel police and firefighters were on the crash scene.

"There was an accident ahead of the [ambulance]," volunteer firefighter Justin Ray said. "The ambulance had stopped and then this vehicle ran into the side of the ambulance."

Mary Ingram was visiting from New Mexico – she was in the accident.

"All I saw was a van coming sideways behind me," Ingram said.

No one was injured in the accidents. Traffic was diverted from I-20, completely backing up the service roads.

Authorities asked motorists to be extremely careful as heavy rains fell in Abilene and the Big Country. Several streets in Abilene were closed due to the high water.

Abilene firefighters rescued a man about 3:30 p.m. Thursday when his Mercedes became stuck in high water under the railroad crossing on Pine Street between South 1st and North 1st streets.

The man remained in the car five to 10 minutes before firefighters pulled him from the car. He wasn’t injured.

In addition to the Pine Street underpass being closed, the Mockingbird underpass also was closed.

Meanwhile, the Abilene High School 2014 Homecoming Parade scheduled for Thursday night was canceled due to heavy rain.

The pep rally, slated to start at the conclusion of the parade, was moved to Eagle Gym, according to Abilene ISD officials.

At the same time, the burn ban in Callahan County was lifted. 

We will continue to keep you updated on developments. 



Autopsy Monday On Leon County Paramedic Who Died In The Line Of Duty - Texas

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  LEON COUNTY - An autopsy will be performed Monday on a Leon County paramedic who died in the line of duty.

46 year old Michael Howard passed away Saturday morning. While responding to a call, Howard went into cardiac arrest and died at the scene.

Michael worked for the Leon county EMS for 22 years. He was also an instructor for TEEX.

TEEX released a statement about Howard: "TEEX was sad to learn of the unexpected death of former adjunct instructor, Michael Howard. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."



PARAMEDICS have a higher fatality rate than any other occupation in Australia

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  Queensland academic Professor Brian Maguire will today present research to the Public Health Association Australia’s annual conference on the occupational injury risks among Australian paramedics.

When looking at work incidents from 2000 to 2010, he found the injury rate for paramedics was twice as high as police officers.

“There is no occupational group in Australia that has a higher fatality rate,’’ Prof Maguire, from Central Queensland University, said.

“Fatalities are largely transportation-related – ambulance crashes, helicopter crashes, or working on the side of a road and being hit by a car. 

“When it comes to injuries, a huge majority of injuries are lifting-related and back injuries.’’

Prof Maguire said paramedics treated approximately three million patients each year in Australia.

His study found, on average, every two years one paramedic dies and 30 are seriously injured in vehicle crashes. A further 10 paramedics were seriously injured each year as the result of an assault.

“The high rate of occupational injuries and fatalities among paramedics is a serious public health issue,’’ he said.

He said there were a number of cases of violence against paramedics, for example when their work required them to deal with patients under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman Sean Mutchmor said paramedics were most commonly killed in vehicles during transport to and from emergency scene.

“While it has been many years since we have lost a paramedic in a vehicle crash, every person in our organisation is cognisant of the risks and is trained to mitigate them as much as possible,’’ he said.

“All QAS paramedics undergo extensive training in emergency driving.

“The ambulances used by the Queensland Ambulance Service have never before been designed to be as safe as they are today.’’

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg told Estimates earlier this year that the Government was funding new bariatric ambulances across the state to cater for patients up to 250kg.

Mr Mutchmor said injuries were most common when lifting or carrying patients or other large objects, with equipment being annually updated to be lighter and easier to carry.

Professor Maguire estimated the direct cost of injured paramedics to the Australian economy was about $12 million a year.

He said he hoped his findings didn’t dissuade paramedics from seeking a career as a paramedic.



Ambulance driver was using phone at time of fatal crash - Ohio

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  Lou Whitmire,

MANSFIELD – An ambulance driver was using the GPS on her cellphone at the time of a fatal crash on Aug. 15, according to a statement she made to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

A patient in the ambulance was killed when the vehicle rolled over at Interstate 71 and Ohio 13. The traffic crash report was obtained by the News Journal.

Michael L. Willis, 56, of Cleveland, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Richland County Coroner's Office.

The crash happened at 11:45 p.m. Aug. 15 on the I-71 southbound exit ramp to Ohio 13 in Washington Township. The vehicle was from Community Care Ambulance Service of Ashtabula.

Lt. Chad Enderby, commander of the patrol's Mansfield post, said there have been eight fatalities this year in Richland County. Last year, seven of the nine fatalities in Richland County were alcohol-related, he said.

Four fatalities this year in Richland County have involved "a distracted driver or left-of-center," Enderby said.

The 2011 Ford Ambulance driven by Amber D. Brown, 30, of Cleveland, traveled off the left side of the exit ramp, striking the guardrail, according to the patrol. The vehicle continued through the guardrail over an embankment, where it rolled several times.

Brown, in her voluntary statement to a trooper, said she was not running with lights and sirens activated. She was not making a medical emergency run; the ambulance was transporting the patient from a Cleveland-area hospital to another hospital in Columbus when the crash occurred.

She said she was using the GPS on her phone because the GPS in the squad was not working. She told the trooper interviewing her she may have taken her eyes off the road for five to 10 seconds, according to her written statement. She had been traveling in the center lane of I-71 before traveling off the road at 75 mph, according to the statement.

When asked what caused her to crash, Brown told a trooper, "I was looking at the GPS to see the time of arrival. I guess I drifted over and ended up sideways going off the roadway."

Willis and an EMT, James A. Phillips, 30, of Garfield Heights, were ejected from the patient transport area. Phillips and Brown were transported to OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital with minor injuries.

The speed of the ambulance and the cause of the crash remain under investigation.

No charges have been filed against Brown pending the toxicology report and autopsy report from Summit County Medical Examiner's Office, according to the patrol.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Washington Township Fire and EMS, the sheriff's office and the Ohio Department of Transportation.


Twitter: @LWhitmir 



Ambulance crashes with car, rolls over in New Castle County collision - Delaware

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  WILMINGTON, Delaware — New Castle County authorities say an out-of-state transport ambulance was involved in a car crash and rolled onto its side.

County paramedics say they were called to the scene at Christiana Road and North DuPont Highway on Saturday evening. Officials say the ambulance rolled onto its side after colliding with a car.

There were no serious injuries. Officials say a 7-year-old boy who was in the ambulance was taken to a hospital in stable condition. 



Johnstown Ambulance Accident - Pennsylvania

Saturday, September 13, 2014  There was some heart stopping moments in Johnstown as an ambulance rushing a patient to a hospital collides with a car. This happened on Thursday morning at the Intersection of Napoleon and Haynes Streets. The Police said that the ambulance was going through an intersection with its lights flashing when it collided with the car. The patient was placed into another ambulance and taken to a hospital in Pittsburgh. The driver of the car was not injured. The crash is under investigation. 



Ambulance hits elk on I-5 near Napavine - Washington

Saturday, September 13, 2014  NAPAVINE, Wash. (AP) - An ambulance from the Salkum Fire Department struck an elk early Wednesday on Interstate 5 near Napavine.

Fire Chief Duran McDaniel says the ambulance was transporting an elderly man to Providence Centralia Hospital. The man was strapped down and unhurt in the crash.

McDaniel says the driver and an emergency medical technician were banged up and checked at a hospital.

The Chronicle reports the elk was barely alive after the crash and later killed. 



Richmond ambulance involved in Hull Street Road crash - Virginia

Saturday, September 13, 2014  BY  AND RICHMOND, Va. — Emergency crews responded to a crash near the intersection of Hull Street Road and Belt Boulevard in South Richmond.

Images from the scene show a damaged Richmond Ambulance Authority vehicle and at least one other car.

A Richmond ambulance was headed to a 911 call with its flashing emergency lights and sirens blaring.


While on their way to the call  police say the driver of a red sedan failed to yield and slammed into the ambulance.

Officers say the driver and two kids under the age of five were taken to the hospital with  minor injuries.

“We are mandated to respond with lights and sirens,” said Rob Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer. “We were able to confirm that the crew were following the procedures we set down for safe vehicle operations,” said Lawrence.

Some westbound lanes of Hull Street Road were closed as police investigate and clean-up crews work to clear the area.

That’s because ambulance operators are monitored once they get behind the wheel.

“It means we can assess how safely vehicles are being operated on the streets of Richmond,” said Lawrence.

The technology were installed in the Authority’s fleet of vehicles.

“So, if there’s ever any question or in the worst case scenario, if we have a vehicle contact.  We can go back into the system and see what the vehicle was doing at that exact moment in time,” said Lawrence.

The system records the operators driving patterns, like how fast the person is going, if they’re wearing a seat belt, and using the vehicles flashing lights and sirens.​

Lawrence says it’s more than just responding to an emergency call.

“We very much believe in the culture of safety.  So, we train our vehicle operators to be as safe as they possibly can,” said Lawrence.

Lawrence says the system will also warn operators when they reach the driving limits set by the Ambulance Authority.

The system was installed more than two decades ago, at a cost of $3,000 a piece for each vehicle.

The city of Richmond was the first in the country to do it.

The Richmond Ambulance Authority is considering putting cameras inside of the vehicles.




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