On March 31 in 2018 there was a triple fatal ambulance crash in Bellwood, IL, that we posted on. Turns out it was an “unregistered ambulance” that did not brake or slow down before slamming into that building nearly 17 months ago.
Now, following investigations, the ambulance was going about 50 miles per hour when it slammed into that building – and may have been accelerating before the impact.
The 3 people who died in the crash were the patient who was being transported from dialysis treatment, an ambulance assistant, and the driver who was under the influence of cocaine. Additionally, no one in the ambulance was restrained. The EMT/driver in the front and the trainee in the back of the vehicle were not belted in and the patient gurney restraining straps were “not buckled.”
Cops place the blame for the deadly crash on emergency medical technician James D. Wesley, 51, a convicted felon who was ineligible for the state EMT license he held. The second person killed was Prentis Williams, 50. Although an attorney for Excel Ambulance said Williams was sometimes paid cash to do clean-up work, Williams’ family maintains he was an EMT-trainee.
The patient, 48 year old Larry Marshall Jr., died from blunt trauma suffered during the building crash.
Another reminder of EMS and FIRE leaderships responsibility.
When they wanna be responsible.
-physical and functional condition of all personnel?
-the background (current and past) of all personnel?
-the department or agency policies that address vehicle operation?
-the department or agency policy on functional condition and background checks?
-the department or agency policy on drug screening and testing?
-what’s the initial and on-going training based upon those policies?
Here is a media report with video: https://tinyurl.com/yygebw7k
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.