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Ambulance overturns in Bishop, power lines down -

Monday, June 2, 2014  By Richard Hamm

A wreck involving an ambulance shut down a highway in Bishop for about two hours on Saturday.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office noted in a news alert that the ambulance overturned on U.S. Highway 441 near Highway 186.

The initial alert, sent at about noon, also noted that power lines were down.

A subsequent alert, sent at about 2:15 p.m., noted that the highway had reopened.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office said there would be no comment or information available on the wreck until Monday. 



1 injured in ambulance crash - Georgia

Monday, June 2, 2014  OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. — 

A highway in Oconee County is back open after an ambulance crashed, injuring one person inside.

Investigators said the ambulance flipped over after a car turned in front of it on Highway 441 in Bishop. They said the ambulance had its lights and sirens on.

Three people were inside the ambulance at the time of the crash. The ambulance was not transporting patients.

It’s unclear whether charges will be filed against the driver of the car. 



3 injured in ambulance collision with car, city truck - North Carolina

Friday, May 30, 2014  GREENSBORO, N.C. — Three people were injured in chain reaction from an ambulance collision on Wednesday.

Police say the ambulance had lights and sirens and had cleared an intersection when it collided with a Honda Accord, FOX News reports. 

The ambulance then struck a City of Greensboro work truck. The Accord struck a utility pole and debris from the accident struck a nearby pedestrian.

The pedestrian, a person in the Accord and an occupant in the ambulance were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Their injuries were non-life threatening, police said. The cause of the crash is under investigation.  



Teen charged after driving into ambulance in Midlothian - Virginia

Friday, May 30, 2014  BY  AND 

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va.  - A member of an Eagle Medical Transport ambulance crew was checked out for minor injures after an afternoon accident in Midlothian.

A car collided with the ambulance near the intersection of Old Hundred Road and Creekpointe Circle.

“The ambulance was stopped on Old Hundred Road when a Dodge Neon ran into the back of it,” Chesterfield Police spokeswoman Liz Caroon said in an email. “The driver of the Neon, an 18-year-old female, was charged with following too closely.”

There were no patients in the ambulance which transports people between hospitals.

The accident about about 1:15 p.m.

The ambulance sustained very little damage in the crash. 



Police investigating ambulance crash in Morris Township - New Jersey

Friday, May 30, 2014  By Kevin Coughlin

An ambulance transporting a patient crashed into trees along Normandy Parkway in Morris Township early on Wednesday, police reported.

The occupants–who included a nurse and a relative of the patient–sustained minor injuries and some discomfort, but did not require treatment, according to Morris Township Police Capt. Robert Duffy.

The ambulance, owned by the Atlantic Ambulance Corp., was making a non-emergency trip from Overlook Hospital in Summit to Morristown Medical Center.

It was traveling southbound at 4:23 am when two deer ran into the roadway, driver Nicholas Houmis, 25, told police.

“Houmis advised that he pulled the steering wheel to the left to avoid hitting the deer, this caused him to run off the road striking multiple small trees before coming to rest approximately 50 feet from the roadway,” Capt. Duffy reported.

Patrolman Kyle Laauwe is investigating the accident.  The Morris Township Fire Department assisted police at the scene. 



Driver cited after accident involving ambulance - Illinois

Friday, May 30, 2014  CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- The driver of an ambulance from Clark County received a traffic citation after his vehicle was involved in an accident in Charleston on Wednesday morning.

Anthony Duvall, 25, of Martinsville was cited for disobeying a traffic control device after the ambulance he was driving hit another vehicle at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Fourth Street just after 8 a.m., according to a news release from Charleston police.

The other driver, Rachel Gubbins, 49, of Charleston was taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon, after the accident, the release said.

The ambulance, which belonged to Clark County Ambulance Co., was en route to SBLHC at the time of the accident and the on-board patient in the ambulance was also taken to the hospital, according to the release.

SBLHC doesn't release information on the condition or treatment of its patients.

Duvall was westbound on Lincoln Avenue and Gubbins was southbound on Fourth Street when the accident took place, the news release said. 



Henrico police investigating collision between car, private ambulance - Virginia

Friday, May 30, 2014  By Marshall Norton 


According to the Henrico County Division of Fire, no patients were in the private-service ambulance involved in a car accident on John Rolfe Parkway Thursday afternoon.

The ambulance from Forrest Ambulance Service was partially on fire when Henrico fire crews arrived on the scene at the intersection of John Rolfe Parkway and Lauderdale Drive. A driver and two attendants were in the ambulance, which was responding to a call for service in the county, Henrico fire authorities said.

The ambulance driver and two occupants in the car that collided with the ambulance were transported to the hospital for treatment. None of the injuries were reported as life-threatening.

No Henrico Division of Fire vehicles were involved in the accident. The accident is under investigation by Henrico Police. 



Ambulance crashes into tree after dodging deer in Morris Township - New Jersey

Friday, May 30, 2014  By Justin Zaremba/ 

MORRIS TOWNSHIP — An ambulance owned by Atlantic Ambulance Corporation crashed into a tree early Wednesday morning because the driver swerved to avoid a pair of deer, police say the driver told them.

At about 4:23 a.m., an ambulance operated by Nicholas Houmis, 25, of Livingston crashed while traveling south on Normandy Parkway while performing a non-emergency transportation from Overlook Hospital in Summit to Morristown Medical Center, Morris Township Police Capt. Robert Duffy said in a news release.Houmis told officers two deer ran into the roadway and that he pulled the steering wheel to the left to avoid hitting them, Duffy said.

The ambulance then ran off the road, and struck "multiple small trees before coming to a rest approximately fifty feet from the roadway," Duffy said.

Besides the driver, the ambulance was also occupied by a nurse, the patient and the patient's family member, Duffy said. All the occupants of the ambulance reported minor injuries and discomfort "none of which required additional treatment at the hospital," he said.

Rob Seman, a public relations manager for Atlantic Health, told that "another Atlantic Ambulance crew and vehicle immediately responded to continue to transport the patient and family member to Morristown Medical Center."

"The family member and Atlantic Ambulance employees have been treated and released from the Morristown Medical Center Emergency Department," Seman said. "The vehicle sustained significant damage and has been taken out of service."

The crash is being investigated by Patrol Officer Kyle Laauwe, Duffy said. Township police were assisted at the scene by the Morris Township Fire Department, he said.

Later Wednesday, another Atlantic Health ambulance was involved in a separate — but much less significant — crash in Pequannock, according to Seman and Pequannock police.

"Just a few hours later, an Atlantic Ambulance Basic Life Support vehicle was struck from the rear while stopped at a traffic light in Pompton Plains," Seman said. "Another Atlantic Ambulance vehicle and crew immediately responded to transport the patient and crew to Chilton Medical Center. There were no injuries to those on board. The vehicle sustained minor damage and remains in service."

Pequannock Police Capt. Chris DePuyt said the crash was minor and that there were no injuries or significant damage to the vehicle.

"No employees were injured, and patients in transit are being treated at their destinations," Seman said in reference to both crashes. "The safety of our patients, their family members and our employees is always our top priority on every Atlantic Health System campus — and while we are transporting them, as well." 



Ambulance worker injured in Chesterfield crash - Virginia

Friday, May 30, 2014  By Sarah Bloom


A driver rear-ended an ambulance on Old Hundred Road sending one person to the hospital, according to Chesterfield Police.

The ambulance was stopped on the road around 1:10 p.m. when it was struck from behind. No patients were on board the ambulance, but two technicians were inside. The passenger suffered minor injuries and was transported to St. Francis. 

The 18-year-old driver of the car was charged with following too closely.



Staten Island woman crashed into ambulance after wrong-way drive on Capodanno Boulevard, police say - New York

Friday, May 30, 2014  By John M. Annese 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- An Oakwood woman took a drunken, wrong-way drive along Capodanno Boulevard that ended with her crashing into an ambulance, police allege.The crash happened just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to police.

Rebecca Cassiliano, 57, of Ithaca Street, was driving a 2002 Hyundai Elantra the wrong way on Capodanno, near Sand Lane, when she struck the ambulance, police allege.

No one suffered any injuries, according to police, but Ms. Cassiliano was unsteady on her feet and slurred her speech when she emerged from her car. Her eyes watered, and she had the strong smell of an alcoholic beverage on her breath, police said.

A test showed Ms. Cassiliano's blood alcohol level at .192 percent – more than double the .08 percent threshold for driving while intoxicated, and higher than the .18 percent required to charged aggravated driving while intoxicated, court appers allege.

In addition to those charges, she also faces a single count of reckless driving, according to information from District Attorney Daniel Donovan's office. 



Police shoot, kill knife-wielding man who chased medics - Chicago

Tuesday, May 27, 2014  By Peter Nickeas
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Chicago police shot and killed a knife-wielding man who chased paramedics responding to a 911 call for a person stabbed, according to authorities.

The shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of 71st Street and Racine Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood. The man shot by police died at 12:08 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

A spokesman for that office said the man had been identified as 62-year-old Michael Myers of the 11300 block of South Indiana Avenue.

Patrick Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police lodge that represents rank-and-file officers, said a beat car responding to the scene encountered the man after he had chased paramedics and jumped on and off a moving fire truck.

The officers had at least one window open in their vehicle at the time, Camden said. The man approached the officers on the passenger's side, Camden said.

While this was happening, officers yelled at the man to drop the knife.

When the officer opened fire, he shot through his open window while leaning over toward his partner's seat as far as he could, Camden said.

The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, police said. The officers weren't injured.

The Chicago Police Department confirmed the shooting but provided no other details. 



Police arrest teen ambulance thief caught on dash cam - Alabama

Tuesday, May 27, 2014  ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Police used dashcam footage and social media to help capture a man suspected of stealing a Medstar Ambulance from the Orange Beach Fire Department Monday.

Chas K. Weaver, 18, of Daphne, was arrested after police posted photos from the video footage on Facebook, and they got hundreds of shares, reports. 

Fire officials were on their way to an emergency when they discovered the missing ambulance. The theft is believed to have occurred around 2 a.m.

The ambulance was recovered, but the suspect was still at large.

No question social media played a huge role,” the Orange Beach Fire Department wrote on its Facebook wall. 



Car crashes into ambulance in Hoboken - New Jersey

Tuesday, May 27, 2014  By Mike D'Onofrio/The Jersey Journal

A car crashed into an ambulance while it was in Hoboken responding to a call this weekend, according to authorities.

A Jersey City Medical Center ambulance was parked in Hoboken with its emergency flashers on Saturday afternoon while assisting the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Squad, said Mark Rabson, spokesman for the medical center.

While the ambulance EMS staff was assisting a patient inside a residence, a car drove up and crashed into the ambulance, Rabson said. 

There were no reported injuries to ambulance staff or patients, according to Rabson.

More information about the crash and damage to the ambulance was not immediately available. 



Ambulance driver fell asleep in double fatal crash: coroner's report - Canada

Friday, May 23, 2014  Keven Drews, The Canadian Press 

VANCOUVER -- Driver fatigue played a major role in a crash that saw an ambulance jump a concrete barrier and plunge into a Vancouver Island lake, killing two veteran paramedics, says a B.C. coroner.

Two reports from the BC Coroners Service, released Wednesday, say ambulance driver Jo-Ann Fuller, 59, drowned in Kennedy Lake and paramedic Ivan Polivka, 65, died from massive trauma to his chest and head.

The Oct. 19, 2010 crash happened on Highway 4, a route the report describes as a hazardous, winding roadway linking the communities of Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino.

"(The) investigation uncovered no evidence of a reason for this occurrence, leading to the conclusion that the driver likely fell asleep at the wheel," said Coroner Lyn Blenkinsop, who wrote both reports.

She said the ambulance was in excellent condition and had no defects, and tests on the driver for alcohol or drugs found nothing relevant.

But Blenkinsop cited "fatigue" as a contributing factor in the death of Fuller, noting both paramedics had been off duty for only five hours when they were paged at 1:36 a.m. to transfer a patient from Tofino to Port Alberni.

On their return trip to Tofino, Fuller was behind the wheel and Polivka was sleeping in the back on a gurney, said Blenkinsop's report.

When the vehicle was on a stretch of road above the lake, the ambulance drifted into concrete barrier that was just 37 centimetres -- or 14 inches -- high located at the top of a 33-metre cliff, said Blenkinsop.

"The ambulance then rode the concrete barrier with both right side tires over the edge," she said. "Near the end of the barrier, the ambulance overbalanced and slipped off to the right, tumbling down the embankment to the lake."

The ambulance was later recovered under 10 metres of water. Fuller was found in the driver's seat with her seat belt on, while Polivka was found unrestrained and in the back of the ambulance.

Fuller was the unit chief at the Tofino ambulance station and had worked with the service for 23 years. Polivka was a veteran of 14 years.

Both were on-call, part-time employees who were paged when needed, said Blenkinsop.

Bronwyn Barter, president of the Ambulance Paramedics of B.C., CUPE 873, said the incident highlights the precarious work paramedics perform daily.

But she also questioned why it took so long to write and release the report, and questioned whether the word "likely," in reference to Fuller falling asleep, has any place in the document.

"Speaking with the family, they share the same view, and you know after four years of trying to put to rest a lot of things and getting past a lot of things this report is very upsetting to them," she said.

The BC Ambulance Service said in a statement that it conducted an internal investigation after the accident and made five recommendations, all of which have now been implemented.

The service said it informed the provincial government about the state of the highway, told staff about the need to use seat belts while in the back of ambulances, and raised awareness with drivers about the hazards of Highway 4 and similar highway sections.

It has also implemented policies and scheduling protocols for rest periods.

Blenkinsop said the Ministry of Transportation has improved the highway and installed new concrete barriers.



Star EMS ambulance flips over after car crash in Pontiac - Michigan

Tuesday, May 20, 2014  By Monica Drake,

A Star EMS ambulance, with lights and sirens activated, was driving through an intersection on Whittemore Street in Pontiac when a Dodge Charger hit it.

The ambulance spun around, hit into a curb and then rolled onto its side, deputies report. The incident happened around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Two paramedics were inside the vehicle and were able to safely get out. The two women, both from Clarkston, were treated at McLaren Hospital and then released.

The driver of the Charger, a 38-year-old man from Auburn Hills, suffered a concussion in the accident, deputies report, and was held overnight at McLaren Hospital. Deputies report that he was issued a citation for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. 



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