CHESTER — Two Crozer Health paramedics are in critical condition, one after having had to been extracted from an ambulance that was involved in an accident with a school bus on I-95 Wednesday morning, officials said.
One of the paramedics had gotten out of surgery Tuesday evening while the other remained in surgery, according to Delaware County Emergency Services Director Timothy Boyce who gave an update to county council Wednesday night.
“Both are expected to recover but it just shows the commitment of our first responders and how at a moment’s notice they could be critically injured trying to serve others,” he said. “We have resources down there supporting them. As always, in Delaware County, a number of agencies have turned out to support them and wish them well. We do expect both of them to survive their injuries; however … they still remain quite critical.”
Pennsylvania State Police at Media barracks identified those in the ambulance as Joshua Boylan, 36, of Media. and Nicholas Scull, 39, of Chadds Ford. Both are associated with the Crozer Health system. There was no comment from Crozer Health as of Wednesday night.
State police also reported that four people were injured in the accident, including the ambulance passenger, whom they said had been in serious condition but was stable as of Tuesday afternoon with a broken femur and moderate bruising.
Other officials familiar with the incident said a Delaware County Memorial Hospital nurse was also in the ambulance.
The driver of the charter school bus was identified as Wayne Brown, 43, of Brookhaven. State police said no children were in the bus at the time of the accident. The charter school was not identified. Officials said Brown suffered minor injuries.
The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals issued a statement of concern regarding those involved in the accident.
It read: “Our thoughts are with our PASNAP brothers and sister and their families today. We are incredibly grateful for the Chester Fire Department Local 1400 and the Brookhaven Volunteer Fire Department for their professionalism while working on a fellow first responder, and for the excellent team of doctors and nurses on hand at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and the care they provided and are providing still. Our colleagues and their caregivers are both in our prayers.”
At 8:27 a.m., state police were dispatched for reports of an accident involving a school bus and an ambulance. Both vehicles had been traveling on the I-95 northbound ramp near Chestnut Street in Chester.
Police said their investigation and witness reports indicated that the school bus had stopped at the bottom of the ramp to yield to oncoming traffic when the ambulance failed to stop in time. As a result, the front passenger side of the ambulance struck the rear driver’s side of the school bus.
According to state police, the front passenger seat of the ambulance became entrapped and fire crews who responded to the scene had to extract him from it. He was then rushed to Crozer, where he was treated for serious injuries.
State troopers David Nguyen, Steven Slavin and Nicholas Mazza were initially dispatched to the scene and troopers Erin Achtel, Stephanie Waskiewicz and Gregory Butler, along with Cpl. Edmund Homa, assisted.
I-95 was closed to traffic for some time.