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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. 



One injured in crash involving ambulance - Texas

Sunday, April 13, 2014  By Brad Kellar

One person was injured this morning in an accident involving a car and an American Medical Response ambulance.

The ambulance was flipped during the crash at the intersection of Joe Ramsey Boulevard and Wesley Street at around 8:45 a.m. today.

A Kia Sportage was reportedly proceeding westbound on Joe Ramsey when it struck the side of the ambulance, which was headed northbound on Wesley while responding to a call. The ambulance was not carrying a patient at the time.

The paramedics inside the ambulance were not hut. The driver of the Sportage was transported in unknown condition to the Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville. 



One injured in ambulance rollover accident - Texas

Sunday, April 13, 2014  GREENVILLE, TX -- One person was injured when an SUV struck a Hunt County ambulance in Greenville this morning.

Greenville PIO Autumn Barton says around 9 a.m. the ambulance was headed northbound on Wesley Street enroute to a call, when an SUV, heading westbound on Joe Ramsey Boulevard, struck the side of the ambulance, flipping the ambulance on its side.

The paramedics inside the ambulance suffered minor injuries and were not taken to the hospital. While the driver of the SUV, an 82-year-old male from Quinlan, received injuries and was transported by a second ambulance to Hunt Regional Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition.

The ambulance was not carrying a patient at the time of the accident. 



Car slams into back of ambulance responding on North Freeway - Houston

Monday, April 7, 2014  HOUSTON – As crews responded to another accident on the North Freeway a driver slammed into the back of an ambulance Friday night.

According to the Houston Police Department, a car slammed into a light pole on the side of the freeway by the Northville exit around 10 p.m. The two men inside the car were taken to the hospital and are in serious condition.

As medics were helping them, they said a man rammed into the back of their ambulance.

No one was in there at the time, and no one else was hurt. 



Ambulance involved in 4 vehicle wreck - North Carolina

Monday, April 7, 2014  By Kasey Cunningham

LELAND, NC (WECT) - An ambulance was involved in a four vehicle car crash Saturday in Leland.

The crash happened on River Road near Egret Nest Circle.

According to Highway Patrol officers, a white van ran off the road on the right hand side of the road, the van then reportedly side swiped a red Subaru and rear-ended a Volkswagen.

According to officers, after that the van hit an ambulance head on.

The driver of the van and a passenger in that vehicle were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the van was charged with failure to reduce speed. More charges are pending. 



2 injured in HFD ambulance accident

Monday, April 7, 2014  By Craig Hlavaty Two people were injured when a Houston Fire Department ambulance was involved in a roll-over accident Saturday morning. 

The  two-vehicle accident happened just after 11 a.m. near the 2600 block of Hamilton and McGowen near Midtown.

According to HFD officials, a car struck the ambulance, which was not transporting any patients at the time. 

According to HFD spokesman Capt. Ruy Lozano, the driver of the ambulance, who needed to be extricated, and the driver of the civilian vehicle were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital for their injuries.

Their injuries are not considered life threatening. 



Ambulance Crashes, Burns on Side of Freeway - California

Friday, April 4, 2014  By Jonathan Lloyd and Oleevia WooAn ambulance crashed and burned Thursday morning after a crash involving at least three other vehicles on a freeway east of downtown Los Angeles.

The fiery crash involving a private ambulance operator occurred on the southbound 605 Freeway in the Industry area, about 20 miles east of downtown LA. Aerial video showed the ambulance on its side off the side of the freeway near Valley Boulevard.

Lanes were closed for the investigation after the 6 a.m. crash and fire. All lanes reopened later Thursday morning.

No serious injuries were reported.




Somerset Twp. man accused of assaulting rescue worker - Pennsylvania

Wednesday, April 2, 2014  Patrick

SOMERSET — A Somerset Township man was jailed Sunday after state police said he assaulted an ambulance paramedic.

A woman called authorities saying her son was intoxicated and might hurt himself, according to a criminal complaint filed by state police in Somerset.

When troopers and a Somerset Ambulance crew arrived at the home on Peirsol Road, they found Michael Douglas Cox, 25, highly intoxicated.

“As Michael Cox was getting dressed to be transported to the hospital, he suddenly back-handed Somerset ambulance paramedic Kevin Fleegle on the right side of the jaw, knocking him to the ground,” the complaint said.

Troopers struggled to gain control of Cox, who was shouting profanities and threats, the complaint said.

As Cox was being placed in the back seat of the cruiser, he shouted that he was going to kill everyone and then acted as if he was having a seizure, troopers said.

Cox was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault, resisting arrest and harassment.

He was arraigned by on-call District Judge Douglas Bell of Meyersdale and sent to the Somerset County Jail after failing to post $3,000 bond. 



North Plainfield ambulance out of service after collision, police say - New Jersey

Wednesday, April 2, 2014  By Walter O'Brien/ 

 NORTH PLAINFIELD — The borough's newest ambulance has been taken out of service due to damage sustained in a Tuesday morning accident while responding to an emergency call, fire officials say.

At about 8 a.m. Tuesday a North Plainfield ambulance was struck by a driver who failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Duer Street and Lincoln Place, according to Chief William Eaton of the North Plainfield Fire Department.

"Both the driver and passenger of our ambulance were treated and released for injuries they sustained in the accident," Eaton said.

Aaron E. Sanchez, 29, of North Plainfield was driving the North Plainfield Borough Fire Department 2014 Ford E450 ambulance westbound on Lincoln Place when it collided with a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder being driven by Edgar Campos, 27, of Plainfield, according to the North Plainfield Police crash investigation report.

Campos failed to stop at the stop sign and drove through the intersection without stopping, the report said.

The ambulance was responding to an emergency call with lights and sirens, the report said.

A borough metal street marker at the intersection of Duer and Lincoln was damaged in the accident, the report said.

Campos was charged with driving with an expired driver's license and failing to stop for a stop sign, the report said.

"I do not know the full extent of the damage to the ambulance at this time," Eaton said. "But it sustained heavy enough damage to render it out of service."

Both vehicles were towed from the scene, the report said.



Conn. medic killed in 3-car crash on way to work

Wednesday, April 2, 2014  By Christine Dempsey
The Hartford Courant

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Police continue to investigate a three-car crash that left a paramedic dead and two other motorists injured.

Donavan Alden, an AMR paramedic, was heading to work when the crash happened Sunday, police said. The crash happened about 6:45 p.m. under the railroad overpass on New Britain Avenue, east of New Park Avenue, they said.

According to Capt. Jeff Rose, Alden, 32, of Avon was driving a 2006 Mini Cooper east on New Britain Avenue when a westbound 2008 Subaru Legacy driven by Karen Torres, 33, of New Britain crossed the double yellow lines. The cars crashed head-on, he said.

A 2009 Nissan Maxima being driven by Zeeshan Rashid, 33, of Newington behind Alden crashed into the back of the Mini-Cooper.

Torres was severely injured and is being treated at Hartford Hospital. Rashid also is being treated at Hartford Hospital, police said.

New Britain Avenue was closed until about 2:30 a.m. while officers gathered evidence.

"As you can imagine this tragedy is very hard on the AMR family," Rose wrote in the release. 




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Friday, March 28, 2014  Officials say a fleet of ambulances is out of service after a fire erupted at a station in Ardmore, Pennsylvania early Friday.

The fire started around 2:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Sibley Avenue at the Volunteer Medical Services Corps of Lower Merion.

Officials say the smoke alarm went off while the crew was on duty and they called 911.

Firefighters arrived to heavy flames in the rear of one of the ambulances. The fire quickly went to two-alarms.

Crews were able to contain the blaze, but the damage was already done.

A temporary plan has been put in place for EMS protection.

Mutual aid agreements have been set up with other municipalities until rental vehicles can be brought into the station.

There is one working ambulance, but others suffered water and smoke damage and will have to be cleaned.

"The entire back bay of the one ambulance is completely burned out so, obviously, the area of origin is in there," Lower Merion Township Chief Chas McGarvey said.

There are no reports of any injuries

. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The fire is not believed to be suspicious.



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