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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. 



Ambulance crash in Lyndhurst injures five - New Jersey

Tuesday, May 20, 2014  By Kathryn Brenzel/

LYNDHURST—  Five people were injured on Monday in a multi-vehicle crash that sent a Lyndhurst ambulance tumbling on top of two vehicles.

The crash occurred at Ridge Road and Second Avenue just before 1 p.m., Lyndhurst police Chief James O'Connor said. An elderly couple, a man in his mid-20s and two EMTs were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, he said. No patients were on the ambulance at the time of the crash.

"It could have been much worse," O'Connor said.

Just before the crash, the ambulance had been driving east on Second Avenue, responding to an unrelated car accident. A car —driven by the man in his mid-20s — was traveling north on Ridge Road when it struck the ambulance's side, O'Connor said. The collision caused the ambulance to roll over the elderly couple's vehicle, which was stopped in the westbound lane of Ridge Road, he said. The ambulance then rolled onto a parked car, where it came to rest.

Pictures of the crash scene show that the ambulance toppled over, partially on top of what appears to be a parked four-door sedan. O'Connor would not provide additional information on why the crash occurred, citing that investigators were still trying to piece together what happened.

Officials from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office's fatal accident team and the Bergen County Sheriff's Office are aiding in the crash investigation. 




Monday, May 19, 2014  LYNDHURST, New Jersey --
An ambulance was involved in an accident in Lyndhurst, New Jersey Monday afternoon.

Newscopter 7 was over the scene of the accident at the intersection of Ridge Road and 2nd Avenue.

The ambulance was on its side laying on another vehicle at the scene.

There are no word on injuries at this time. 



Ambulance en route to call involved in wreck - Kansas City

Monday, May 19, 2014  By Laura McCallister, Multimedia Producer 

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -Police said an ambulance was involved in a wreck as it was driving to a call for a disoriented woman Friday evening. 

The crash happened at East 57th Street and Wayne Avenue. It was only a block away from the scene they were called to.

There's no word at this time if anyone was injured. 



Man hurls crowbar through ambulance window - New York

Monday, May 19, 2014  SCHUYLERVILLE (AP) — State Police say they arrested a 61-year-old upstate New York man after he threw a crowbar through the window of an ambulance because he thought the vehicle was damaging his organic garden.

Troopers say they were called late last Friday night to assist an emergency medical squad with a combative patient in the Saratoga County village of Schuylerville.

Police say Robert Dougal had shattered the rear window of an ambulance by throwing a crowbar through it. Troopers say he was upset because he felt the ambulance driver had intentionally driven over his organic garden and was polluting his property with diesel fumes. Police say Dougal was incensed that the ambulance crew wasn't taking the matter seriously.

He was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Dougal was charged with criminal mischief. It couldn't be determined if he has a lawyer. 



Two taken to a hospital after ambulance hits a cow in Lincoln County - Oklahoma

Monday, May 19, 2014  by Jonathan Sutton

Two people were taken to a hospital Friday night after an ambulance hit a cow in Lincoln County.

The ambulance was on its way to a medical call about 9:30 p.m. when it collided with a cow on SH 66 about one mile east of SH 177, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Betsy Randolph said. There were no patients in the ambulance at the time of the crash, Randolph said.

The ambulance turned over after colliding with the cow, Randolph said.

The ambulance driver and the passenger were taken to OU Medical Center, but Randolph did not know their conditions. 



Ambulance Crashes Into Cow On Highway 66 In Lincoln County - Oklahoma

Monday, May 19, 2014  By Matthew Nuttle,

LINCOLN COUNTY, Oklahoma -A Chandler EMS ambulance ran into a cow in the road on Highway 66 in Lincoln County, Friday night.

The accident occurred on Highway 66, about six miles west of Chandler.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the ambulance was responding to call when the cow ran out in front of them. The driver attempted to swerve to miss the cow, but the two collided causing the ambulance to rollover.

A witness said someone stopped to call police and alert them the cow was in the road just before the accident.

Troopers said there were no patients onboard at the time of the accident, and the driver was transported to the hospital with neck and back pain and later released with minor injuries. 



Ambulance crash causes injuries - South Carolina

Friday, May 16, 2014  MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – An ambulance crashed into a car Thursday morning on Highway 17 Bypass. 

The crash happened near the Inlet Square Mall about 10:24 a.m., according to Cpl. Sonny Collins. 

The driver and passenger of the ambulance went to Waccamaw Hospital, while the driver of the car went to Grand Strand Medical Center.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the collision was reported at about 10:24 a.m. at about the 12200 block of US 17 Bypass, near the Inlet Square Mall.

The ambulance was headed south on the bypass, while the car was going north, making a left turn off Highway 17 in to Home Depot.

The ambulance disregarded the traffic light and hit the car.

The accident blocked traffic on US 17 Bypass in front of the Home Depot in Murrells Inlet.

The ambulance was from Parabasic, a private ambulance service.

The driver was cited for due care. The ambulance was running with its light on, but in this type of situation, the driver is still responsible to make sure the intersection is clear before driving through a red traffic light. 




Englewood Fire Department cleaning up after woman steals ambulance, crashes through station door - Tennessee

Wednesday, May 14, 2014  By Matt Barbour, Weekend Anchor/Reporter

MCMINN COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -A McMinn county fire department is left with thousands of dollars in damages after a woman decided to break in and steal an ambulance. It all unfolded over the weekend at the Engelwood Fire Department. The ambulance thief is behind bars, but firefighters have a bit of a mess on their hands.

"Engelwood's a small place. This is a big deal, you know?" says Englewood Police Chief Gary Miller.

A large sheet of plywood covers one of the bay doors to the Engelwood Fire Department and what is left of the door sits on the ground outside. Police say Terri Efaw managed to break in early Saturday morning, start up an ambulance, crash through the door and take off.

"Her comment when she was taken from the ambulance, I think she said she wanted to go to the hospital and she thought that was the quickest way to get there. And she's probably right," says Chief Miller.

Miller says he got the call around 2 o'clock Saturday morning. The on-call ambulance driver suddenly awoke to a loud noise at the station.

"She said she heard a loud noise in the fire department. It sounded like a vehicle was trying to come through the building."

Not until she ran into the bay did she realize it was her vehicle crashing out of the building.

"It shocked her pretty much to see her ambulance actually driving off," says Miller.

After calling dispatch, an Englewood Police officer and sheriff's deputy were able to catch up with Efaw a few miles down the road and took her into custody.

"The officer who actually arrested her was familiar with her," says Miller.

Channel 3 learned Efaw has been arrested many times over the years with charges ranging from disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing to shop lifting and public intoxication.

"The main thing is getting her some help, getting her in a place where she can benefit."

In the meantime, word has spread quickly around town.

"Surely there's a quicker way to get to the hospital than that?" asks George Carroll.

George Carroll and his 95-year-old mother, who lives across from the fire station, say they know the incident will not slow down their hard-working, volunteer firefighters.

"They'll take care of it. The one thing about Englewood, we're a small town but we battle back and we've got good people here," says Carroll.

"I hope they get their door fixed," says his mother, Margaret Carroll.

Insurance is still assessing the damage but early estimates put the total at around $8,000.

Efaw is charged with theft of property and criminal trespassing. Chief Miller says her charges are being upgraded to burglary and two counts of vandalism. She is in jail on an $11,000 bond. 



Laurel ambulance involved in crash while responding to call - Montana

Sunday, May 11, 2014  LAUREL - A Laurel Fire and Rescue ambulance was involved in a two-vehicle crash on Thursday evening.

The crash happened around 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of Old Highway 10 and Seitz Ronan Road east of Laurel.

The other vehicle was a Honda Accord.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, both vehicles were eastbound on Old Highway 10.

The 59-year-old female driver of the Accord was in front of the ambulance and did not see its lights and she slowed down to turn north on Seitz Ronan Rd.

The ambulance was driven by a 19-year-old male EMT and struck the Honda, which resulted in both cars going in the ditch north of the highway.

The driver of the Accord was transported to Billings Clinic, for treatment of broken ribs and a broken collarbone.

The two EMT's aboard the ambulance were shaken up, but not seriously injured.

The EMT's were taken to the hospital as a precaution, and later released. 



Man on PCP punches paramedic - Oklahoma

Sunday, May 11, 2014  Staff WriterCydney Baron

PRYOR, OK —     Salina’s Keith Russell has been arrested in two felony cases in as many weeks.

Russell, 38, is wanted on a felony assault on an emergency medical technician count. The probable cause affidavit filed in the case alleges he punched a paramedic in the face in April.

After being transported to the hospital, according to the probable cause, Russell continued his threats and violent behavior. He allegedly tried to assault nurses, and snapped a restraint in two.

“Lab results show that he had over 10 different narcotics in his blood, including PCP,” according to the affidavit, which says bond on the warrant is $100,000.

Russell is being held in the Mayes County Jail for another case, one filed within weeks of the other.

On April 17 felony charges were filed on Russell, charging him with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm after conviction/on probation, endeavoring/conspiring to deliver/manufacture a controlled dangerous substance and possession of paraphernalia. Bond on this case was set at $500,000.

     It is not the first time Russell has been arrested in Mayes County. In fact online court records show Russell as having seven prior felony counts in the county. He has been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, second degree burglary of an automobile and second degree burglary. In addition he has been charged with escaping from arrest, uttering a forged instrument, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. While one felony was filed in 2003, the rest range from 2011 to 2013.  He has a prior misdemeanor charge of breaking and entering.

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Chicago medic describes being attacked by patient

Sunday, May 11, 2014  CHICAGO — A Chicago paramedic who responded to an unconscious person lying outside a chocolate factory told ABC in a video interview about the moment he began assaulting them.

“I had a crown that was knocked out,” medic Susan Schultz told ABC News. “I got my foot stomped. I also have injuries to my back.”

They called for police three times without getting a response, then called for their engine company to come and assist. The 27-year-old attacker reportedly had a BCA of 0.290, and continued being aggressive on the way to the hospital.

"It was a good 15 minutes,” she said. “He was hitting with his fist, with his legs, kicking; he was completely out of control.”

The man is also accused of attacking another Chicago medic that same day. He faces a felony charge of aggravated battery.

Chicago Firefighter's Union President Tom Ryan said assaults have been on the rise. Over the winter, they were happening on a weekly basis, and he said there is usually some kind of substance abuse involved.

He said prosecution will hopefully act as a deterrent.

“If you lay your hand in any way on one of our members, whether it’s a firefighter or a paramedic,” he said, “we are going to do everything in our power to make sure you are charged with a felony and you see the inside of a jail.” 



Ambulance wreck in Laurel sends 3 to the hospital - Montana

Sunday, May 11, 2014  By Nick Balatsos

A Laurel ambulance crashed into a 59-year-old woman driving a green Honda Accord on Old U.S. Highway 10 on Thursday, sending both vehicles into a marshy ditch and the three occupants of the vehicles to the hospital.

The wreck occurred a little before 5 p.m. near the intersection of U.S. Highway 10 and Seitz Ronan Road in Laurel.

Both vehicles were traveling eastbound, when the 59-year-old woman from Laurel pulled in front of the ambulance as it was headed to a call on 72nd Street, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Todd Hagenbuch said.

The driver of the ambulance, a 19-year-old male, thought the woman was stopped and tried to go around her. The woman didn’t hear the sirens and pulled in front of the ambulance, Hagenbuch said.

The two vehicles collided, sending both flying into a ditch on the north side of the road and causing substantial damage to the driver’s side of the Honda and heavy front-end damage to the ambulance.

The Laurel Fire Department responded to the scene first, a little after 5 p.m. When they got there, they had to cut the roof off the Honda to get the woman out.

Laurel Fire Chief Brent Peters said the woman was conscious at the time and that there were no complications during the extrication.

Emergency workers placed the woman on a backboard with a neck brace and took her in an ambulance to Billings Clinic.

The two occupants of the ambulance had no visible injuries but appeared shaken up and went to Billings Clinic as a precautionary measure, Hagenbuch said.

Hagenbuch responded with two other troopers, 11 firefighters, two trucks and a wrecker.

Hagenbuch said no tickets were issued at the scene.



Chicago Fire Medic Punched In Face By Patient

Monday, May 5, 2014  A Chicago Fire Department paramedic was ready to treat a patient Friday but ended up needing medical care himself after the man lashed out violently, police said.

The medic had loaded Reyfius C. Purches, 46, into a CFD ambulance on the North Side just after 5:30 p.m. Friday, police said.

But Purches "became agitated," court documents said, and punched the 42-year-old paramedic with a closed fist to his face in the 4500 block of North Broadway in Uptown. Prosecutors said Purches struck the medic several times.

Instead of the medic taking Purches to an emergency room, crews took the paramedic to Weiss Memorial Hospital for bruising and swelling. Purches got a ride to jail and was charged with a felony count of aggravated battery.

A resident of the 4600 block of North Clifton Avenue in Uptown, Purches appeared in bond court Saturday before Judge Laura Marie Sullivan. She ordered Purches held on $60,000 bail. He'll return to court Friday. 



Lorain man indicted after allegedly assaulting paramedics - Ohio

Monday, May 5, 2014  By Kaylee Remington, The Morning Journal

ELYRIA — A 26-year-old Lorain man was indicted after allegedly assaulting a pair of paramedics who tried to help treat his wounds.
Todd Drake was charged with two counts of assault and one count of obstructing official business.
Drake was met by police and paramedics at his 2706 Denver Ave. home about 12:30 a.m. March 26. Officers found Drake bleeding profusely from a large laceration on his forehead, according to a police report.
First responders attempted to treat Drake’s injuries inside of their ambulance when he became violently aggressive towards LifeCare paramedic Robert Becker, according to the report.
Drake reportedly grabbed Becker by his arms and pushed the man to the floor by overpowering him, and allegedly began kicking a second paramedic inside of the ambulance multiple times.
An officer at the scene used his Taser to subdue Drake. He then ceased his assault on the paramedics and was placed under arrest, the report said.
While inside the cruiser on his way to the hospital, Drake began banging his head causing blood to spatter across the back seats, the report said.
Once at the hospital, Drake reportedly continued to act out when he began screaming and attempting to toss a hospital bed. For his protection, officers said they placed him in four-point restraints until he calmed down.   
Becker received treatment at Mercy Hospital for an injured left hand. 



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