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Tuesday, March 18, 2014  A Georgia State Patrol trooper injured in a crash early Saturday with a wrong-way driver in Bartow County was involved in another wreck en route to the hospital.

Just after 5 a.m., Trooper First Class Jonathon Mason spotted a pickup truck driving on the wrong side of the road on Davis Drive and attempted a traffic stop, authorities in an emailed statement.

The truck kept going and a chase began. Both vehicles crashed on Old Alabama Road at Sewell Road, injuring the Mason, the State Patrol said.

Three men got of the truck. Despite minor injuries, Mason managed to capture one of the three men, authorities said. The detained man’s name was not released Saturday.

On the way to the hospital, the ambulance carrying Mason overturned, officials said.

“The driver lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a curve, ran off the roadway, and the vehicle overturned,” the State Patrol said in the statement. “Initial indication is that speed was not a factor.”

Mason was not seriously injured in the single-vehicle crash and has been released from the hospital, authorities said.




Saturday, March 15, 2014  Around 11 a.m., Northern Regional police responded to a vehicle accident involving an ambulance and car on Doe Run Road in Penn Township, Lancaster County. According to police, three people were taken to the hospital from the crash. Two people from the ambulance and one from the car. Police say that there was no patient in the ambulance at the time of the crash and there is no word on the condition of any of the occupants at this time. Police tell CBS 21 that as a result of the crash, a fire hydrant was struck causing water to pour out around the crash site. It has since been fixed. The driver of the Subaru was entrapped in the car for around 20 minutes while the fire department removed the roof of the vehicle. The ambulance also hit a PP&L telephone pole and PP&L is currently on scene making repairs. Officials at the scene say the that power and water for businesses and homes in the area is currently out and Doe Run Road, in the area of the crash, will remain closed for the next few hours.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014  One person is dead and two others are injured after an ambulance crashed head-on with a car.

Firefighters responded to the accident on Route 116 between Metamora and Roanoke just after 5pm Wednesday.

A witness tells News 25 he saw an ambulance spinning out of control before hitting a black car. The driver of that car, 64-year-old Galeen Driscoll of Metamora, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Firefighters used the jaws of life to pull two people from the Peru, Illinois ambulance.

The driver, 44 year old Daniel Dempsey, was listed in fair condition at O-S-F St. Francis Medical Center Wednesday night. The passenger, 61-year-old James Zborowski, was treated and released.



Lee County Ambulance and BMW collide near NCH - Florida

Wednesday, February 26, 2014  COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A Lee County Ambulance, that was transporting a cardiac patient to NCH, was involved in an accident with a BMW just before 8:30 last night at 8th Street North and 4th Avenue North. 

The ambulance was operating emergency lights and was approximately ½ block from the hospital ER entrance, according to the City of Naples Fire-Rescue Department.

Two Collier County EMS ambulances responded to the scene to transport the patient needing cardiac medical care that was in the back of the Lee County Ambulance, and to transport the female driver of the BMW.

Both vehicles sustained moderate to heavy damage.

The fire department cleaned up debris and leaking fluids at the scene. 



Little Ferry ambulance crash sends four to hospital — New Jersey

Wednesday, February 26, 2014  By Jerry DeMarco

An EMS worker was briefly knocked unconscious and three others were injured when an ambulance taking a dementia patient to Hackensack University Medical Center collided with a compact car on Route 46 this afternoon.

The rig was headed into the intersection of Liberty Avenue with its lights and sirens on when it hit a silver Toyota Camry, which was traveling in the far right lane of westbound Route 46, Little Ferry Police Chief Ralph Verdi toldCLIFFVIEW PILOT.

The impact left both vehicles catty-cornered at the intersection.

“One of the attendants was banged up pretty good,” Verdi said. “He was unconscious for a little while.”

The driver of the ambulance had to be taken to the hospital, as well, along with the two occpants of the other car (who complained of neck and back pain) and the original patient. Little Ferry and Moonachie ambulances handled the transports.

“We’re still investigating,” Verdi said. “It’s gonig to take a little while to sort everything out.”




Texas man charged with stealing ambulance that brought him to emergency room

Wednesday, February 26, 2014  BY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWSA man who needed a psychiatric evaluation went joyriding in a Texas ambulance Tuesday, police said.

Charles Cedrick Jennings, 35, was brought into the emergency room at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas when he decided to leave.

He jumped off the stretcher while the staff was trying to get him a bed, ran out the door and jumped into the first vehicle he saw: the ambulance that brought him to the hospital, Matt Zavadsky, spokesman for MedStar Mobile Healthcare, told the Daily News.

Ambulances are required to always be running so staff can immediately go to the next call, Zavadsky said. The vehicles have a remote control lock, but it malfunctioned so Jennings was able to enter the vehicle and drive away, he said.

The security at the hospital saw the suspect operating the ambulance and realized he was not a MedStar employee, Zavadsky said. They followed Jennings who stopped the ambulance after four blocks, he said.

"They thought it was a little odd (that Jennings was driving)," he said. "Thankfully the JPS police did a great job of identifying this."

No one was injured and there was no damage to the vehicle, Zavadsky said.

He declined to comment why Jennings was brought to the hospital citing health privacy laws but the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported it was for a psychiatric evaluation.

Jennings was brought back to the hospital and then to jail on $10,000 bail, according to the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office. He is charged with second-degree felony theft. He is being held on $10,000 bail. Follow on Twitter @joelzlandau




Crash on U.S. Hwy. 45 involves ambulance - Kentucky

Tuesday, February 25, 2014  By Amber Ruch

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -The McCracken County Sheriff's Department responded to a crash involving an ambulance on Monday, February 24.

Around 6 p.m., deputies responded to the 7600 block of U.S. Highway 45 for an injury crash involving an ambulance.

When they arrived, they say Sherese McCampbell, 31, of Mayfield, was trying to cross U.S. Highway 45 from Old U.S. Highway 45 in her 1995 Mercury passenger car. When McCampbell tried to cross U.S. Highway 45, they say she failed to see a 2008 Chevrolet Ambulance from the Clinton-Hickman County Ambulance Service that was going southbound on U.S. Highway 45. The two vehicles hit after McCampbell's failed to clear the path of the ambulance.

The ambulance was driven by Roy E. Quillen, 46, of Clinton, Ky. Deputies say William D. White, 30, of Arlington, Ky. was a crew member in the rear of the ambulance. White was tending to James Greer, 77, of Clinton, Ky. in the rear of the ambulance at the time of the crash.

According to deputies, Martha Brown, 34, of Mayfield, Ky. was a passenger in McCampbell's car.

McCampbell was taken to a hospital for apparent non-life threatening injuries. None of the crew, McCampbell's passenger, nor the patient of the ambulance were transported for medical attention due to the crash.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Mercy Regional Ambulance Service, Lone Oak Fire Department, Mayfield Ambulance Service and Strinnett's Wrecker Service. 



Car Crashes Into Bus, Mailbox, Then Responding Ambulance Crashes, Too - Illinois

Tuesday, February 25, 2014  By Serena Dal

LAKEVIEW — A driver who fell asleep at the wheel on Clark Street crashed into a bus and a mailbox at Belmont Avenue and Clark — and then the responding ambulance got in an accident, too, police said.

The initial accident happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday. After falling asleep, the male driver crossed the center line of Clark Street, struck a CTA bus and ultimately smashed into a news box and a mailbox, according to Town Hall Police Cmdr. Elias Voulgaris.

An ambulance arrived onto Belmont to pick the driver up, said resident Jason Chin, who witnessed part of the incident from Dollop Coffee shop, 824 W. Belmont Ave.

As it drove away, it struck a passing car, police said.

It didn't look terrible, Chin said, but "it was enough that the guy was real pissed and wanted the police report."

"It was just bad timing," Chin said.

Another ambulance was called, and the driver was transferred over, he said.

The driver is at Illinois Masonic in good condition, police said. No paramedics were hurt.

By Tuesday afternoon, the driver's blue Monte Carlo remained up against a damaged mailbox on the northeast corner of the Belmont and Clark intersection, with passersby of the busy intersection pausing to snap photos.

Chin, who coincidentally runs a blog about the travails of Clark Street called "I Hate Clark Street!", said he's surprised accidents don't happen more frequently in the area.

"It was like I was watching an episode from 'The Simpsons'," he said. 



Ambulance with ill patient crashes with police car - Indiana

Friday, February 21, 2014  COLUMBUS -Police say two paramedics and two volunteer firefighters were hurt when an ambulance carrying a dying patient crashed into a sheriff's patrol car in central Indiana.

Columbus police Lt. Matt Myers says the ambulance was taking a 72-year-old female heart attack victim from her home near Edinburgh to a Columbus hospital. Both medics were working to revive the woman, so a firefighter agreed to drive the ambulance.

Myers tells The Republic that the ambulance hit the deputy's car after it stopped to block traffic at an intersection. A firefighter helping the medics and the others in the ambulance were treated at a hospital for their injuries.

The ill woman was taken to the hospital in another ambulance. The county coroner says she died early Tuesday of cardiac arrest.




Five sent to hospital after crash involving ambulance - Tennessee

Friday, February 21, 2014  MEMPHIS, TN -(WMC-TV) - A crash involving multiple vehicles and a private ambulance sent five people to the hospital Thursday, one in critical condition.

None of the people inside the three vehicles suffered life-threatening injuries after the incident at Interstate 240 and Perkins Avenue.

"Ended up one of the vehicles crossed the median ... Impacted some other vehicles," said Memphis Fire Department Chief Mark Heath.

The median was more of a wall that a SUV flipped over. A car somehow became shoved under the ambulance.

"There were no patients onboard the ambulance,e and another private ambulance was right behind them and was able to render assistance," said Heath. "MPD and TDOT are working with us for the investigation and just clearing out the accident"

UPS driver Paul Williams was on the clock in his big brown delivery truck when he decided to lend a hand and help pull two victims from the wreckage.

"I mean, I really wasn't supposed to do it on the job, but it was just instincts," he said.

Investigators say it is too early to tell if weather or the wet roads played a role in the crash. 



Bay Area man fatally shot by police after assaulting paramedic - California

Wednesday, February 19, 2014  Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a 61-year-old man inside his Bay Area home this week after the man struck a deputy with a baseball bat, authorities said.

Alameda County firefighters and paramedics responded to the San Lorenzo home of David Goins late Monday to investigate calls about a resident having a seizure, authorities told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Sgt. J.D. Nelson told the newspaper that as Goins was being taken to an ambulance, he became combative, assaulted a paramedic, then ran back into his house.

When a sheriff’s sergeant and deputy entered the home, Goins "came out with a baseball bat and hit the sergeant," Nelson told the Chronicle. The sergeant and deputy then opened fire, killing Goins, Nelson said.

Deputies had been to Goins’ home 19 times since 2011 to investigate reports of domestic violence, public drunkenness and other incidents, Nelson said.

He told the Chronicle the sergeant involved in Monday’s shooting suffered a bruised arm.



NC mom steals ambulance, leads police on chase, officials say

Wednesday, February 19, 2014  HENDERSONVILLE, NC -Hendersonville Police were involved in a high speed chase Monday morning with an ambulance. 

Officers say Stephanie Erwin, 31, took a county-owned ambulance from Pardee Hospital at 11:49 a.m. It happened right after paramedics unloaded a patient.

Erwin was at the hospital for an overdose, officials told the Hendersonville Lightning publication.

A police official said that Erwin put on an EMS jacket before jumping into the ambulance, which was idling and unlocked.

"We don't know where she went when she left," Hendersonville Police Capt. Bruce Simonds told the media outlet.

Police spotted her coming back toward town on Four Seasons Boulevard and started pursuit.

 Henderson County Sheriff's deputies were also involved and used stop sticks to blow out the ambulance tires on Asheville Highway near Fletcher.

"Speeds ranged from 45 to 70 mph," Simonds told the website. "She only passed three vehicles. Her driving was actually pretty good."

Simonds said that Erwin locked herself in the ambulance after it became disabled, the Hendersonville Lightning reported. Officials had to break a window to get her out, Simonds said.

Erwin is charged with larceny, DWI, fleeing an officer, assault with a deadly weapon in addition to stealing the ambulance. 



Ambulance In Accident - Pennsylvania

Wednesday, February 19, 2014  An Emegycare ambulance collides with another vehicle.

The accident happened just after 12:30 this afternoon at West 30th street and Glenwood Park Avenue. 

According to reports from the scene, a woman driving a sedan ran a red light and the ambulance crashed into her car.

No one was inside of the ambulance at the time of the crash.

None of the EMTs were injured.

However, we're told the woman of the car was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. 



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 



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