Archive | July, 2010

Fog Could Be To Blame For Ambulance Creek Crash

Posted on 26 July 2010 by wyoskibum

COWANSHANNOCK, Pa. — Police in Cowanshannock are investigating a crash involving an ambulance that ended up in a creek.

Armstrong County emergency dispatchers said the ambulance crashed along Route 85 at about 5 a.m. near West Shamokin High School.The Citizens Ambulance Services vehicle was transporting a patient at the time of the crash, authorities said. Another ambulance took the patient to Kittanning Hospital.The driver of the ambulance was unhurt.At the time of the crash, fog blanketed the area with a half-mile of visibility reported. However, the fog has not been pinpointed as a factor in what caused the accident.The director of the ambulance service was at the scene, helping with the investigation, police said.

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Car crashes into ambulance transporting patient

Posted on 26 July 2010 by wyoskibum

EL PASO, TX – An ambulance transporting a patient crashed with a sedan early today on Interstate 10 East, El Paso police said.

Det. Mike Baranyay, spokesman for the El Paso Police Department, said officers received a call about the crash involving an ambulance operated by Life Ambulance shortly after 2 a.m. today.

The ambulance, which was traveling with lights and siren on, was transporting a patient who had been in a crash earlier near Anthony, N.M.

Police said a 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse was traveling east on I-10 East at a high rate of speed, when the driver made an unsafe lane change, lost control and crashed into a center concrete barrier.

The Eclipse then spun out of control and crashed into the ambulance.

No injuries were reported in the ambulance and sedan collision.

Life Ambulance sent another ambulance to finish transporting the patient from the earlier crash to University Medical Center.

Speed is believed to be a factor in this crash, police said.

The driver of the Eclipse was cited for alleged failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle, speeding, failure to display a valid driver’s license and unsafe lane change.

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Officer Injured When Ambulance Slams Into Cruiser

Posted on 26 July 2010 by wyoskibum

PITTSBURGH, PA — A police officer is recovering after his cruiser collided with an ambulance Sunday evening in Pittsburgh’s Friendship neighborhood.

The crash happened at about 6:30 p.m. as the unidentified officer was on his way to Homewood to provide backup for a call. The officer was reportedly using his lights and sirens, but when he reached the intersection of South Aiken and Friendship avenues, he was broadsided by the ambulance, police said.

The crash caused the police car to spin around, sending it crashing into a wall. The officer was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, complaining of neck and back pain.

Police had the intersection closed for several hours while they investigated the accident scene.

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Car crashes into ambulance transporting patient

Posted on 26 July 2010 by wyoskibum

EL PASO, TX – An ambulance transporting a patient crashed with a sedan early today on Interstate 10 East, El Paso police said.

Det. Mike Baranyay, spokesman for the El Paso Police Department, said officers received a call about the crash involving an ambulance operated by Life Ambulance shortly after 2 a.m. today.

The ambulance, which was traveling with lights and siren on, was transporting a patient who had been in a crash earlier near Anthony, N.M.

Police said a 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse was traveling east on I-10 East at a high rate of speed, when the driver made an unsafe lane change, lost control and crashed into a center concrete barrier.

The Eclipse then spun out of control and crashed into the ambulance.

No injuries were reported in the ambulance and sedan collision.

Life Ambulance sent another ambulance to finish transporting the patient from the earlier crash to University Medical Center.

Speed is believed to be a factor in this crash, police said.

The driver of the Eclipse was cited for alleged failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle, speeding, failure to display a valid driver’s license and unsafe lane change.

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Car and ambulance crash in Warren County, four hospitalized

Posted on 26 July 2010 by wyoskibum

ALBANY, NY – Four people were hospitalized following an accident involving a car and West Glens Falls Ambulance in Queensbury on Saturday, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash happened at the intersection of Richardson Street and Luzerne Road.

Investigators said Robert Palandrani, 71, of Ticonderoga, who was behind the wheel of a Subaru, ran a stop sign and collided with the ambulance.

Palandrani and his wife, Carol Palandrani, 71, were taken to Glens Falls Hospital.

The driver of the ambulance, Shawn Fitzgibbon, 30, and his passenger, James Worth, 20, were also taken to the hospital.

Their conditions were unknown.

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Ambulance involved in crash on east side

Posted on 26 July 2010 by wyoskibum

Indianapolis, IN – An ambulance was involved in an accident on the east side Saturday afternoon.

Police say a Care Ambulance was on a run northbound on Ritter Avenue when it stopped at a red light at the intersection with 10th Street. The ambulance stopped and waited for the intersection to clear and then proceeded through when the driver thought it was clear.

A flatbed pick-up truck with a trailer was westbound on 10th Street, didn’t see the ambulance and couldn’t stop. The pick-up struck the ambulance on the passenger side.

A passenger in the ambulance suffered a wrist injury, but there were no patients on board at the time of the crash. No one in the pick-up, which had a green light in the intersection, was injured.

Neither driver has been cited at this time.

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Man dies after a three-vehicle crash involving ambulance

Posted on 26 July 2010 by wyoskibum

SOUTHBEND, IN – A Grand Haven, Mich., man is dead after a three-vehicle crash involving a Marcellus ambulance near the intersection of Michigan 40 and 78th Avenue near Lawton in Van Buren County on Saturday morning, a Michigan State Police officer has confirmed.

Police and medics were dispatched just before 11 a.m. No one else was injured seriously in the crash.


Sgt. James Bennett of the MSP Paw Paw Post told WSBT-TV that Terrence Eaton, 63, was alone in his vehicle when it was hit.

It appears the driver of a vehicle was trying to make a “U” turn on M- 40 and apparently didn’t see the vehicle driven by Eaton, Bennett said. While attempting to make the “U” turn, the driver’s vehicle collided with the vehicle driven by Eaton. The Eaton vehicle was then thrown into the path of the oncoming ambulance, which was heading north on M-40. The ambulance had a passenger, but was not on a priority call: no lights or siren were on.

The ambulance, which was headed to Lakeland Hospital in Paw Paw with the patient, probably was totaled, Bennett said. After the crash, a Van Buren County ambulance took the subjects from the wrecked ambulance to Lakeland Hospital. The patient suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Bennett said the name of the driver making the “U” turn is not being released at this time, but he is from the Paw Paw area. He said the case will be submitted to the Van Buren County prosecutor to evaluate for possible charges.

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Rescue Squad Ambulance Hits Building

Posted on 26 July 2010 by wyoskibum

WESTFIELD, NJ – A Westfield Rescue Squad ambulance hit a North Avenue building Friday afternoon during a medical call, causing minor damage to the ambulance.

According to a fire department source, rig 51, struck a building at 215 North Avenue West at 4;30 p.m. Friday afternoon while on a medical call. The accident caused a glass window to shatter and the awning to be ripped off the building. There were no injuries.

A second ambulance was dispatched to take the patient to the hospital. It is not known what the emergency medical call was about.

The fire department checked the structural integrity of the building, which appeared to be secure and the damage to the ambulance was described as “very minor.”

Reid Edles, the squad president, said he will look into the cause of the accident and repairs will be made to the ambulance.

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Terre Haute ambulance technician facing felony allegations

Posted on 26 July 2010 by wyoskibum

Police are looking for a Wabash Valley emergency medical technician wanted on allegations of sexual battery and theft.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Jason A. Jordan, 27, an EMT with Trans-Care ambulance service in Terre Haute. Jordan is accused of improperly touching a female patient while she was being transported by ambulance from Brazil to Indianapolis on July 12.

The Indiana State Police, in a news release issued Friday, said they suspect Jordan may have fled the state.

“We believe there is a possibility he left the state to avoid prosecution because it seems like a coincidence that he decides to leave the state after we conduct our investigation, which included interviewing him,” said Sgt. Joe Watts of the ISP Putnamville district.

Watts said police believe Jordan may have left Indiana sometime between mid-day Tuesday and Friday.

On July 12, a Brazil woman told Indianapolis Metropolitan Police that an ambulance technician had placed a stethoscope on her chest and then placed his other hand in her pants. According to the Indianapolis police report released last week, the woman said she immediately asked, “What are you doing?” and told the technician to “stop it.” The woman said the technician told her he was checking her out and then removed his hand from her pants.

The incident allegedly took place while the 26-year-old woman was being transported for an unnamed medical condition from Saint Vincent Clay Hospital in Brazil to Saint Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

The woman also accused the technician of sending photographs of her that were on her cell phone to another cell phone without her permission. The photos were of the woman in a bathing suit, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police report. The woman was not familiar with the telephone number to which the photos were sent, the report states.

Indianapolis police turned over the case to the Indiana State Police soon after the complaint was made. The ISP, in its Friday news release, said “that alleged acts occurred in Putnam County,” which led to the issuing of a Putnam County arrest warrant for Jordan.

Jordan faces allegations of sexual battery and of theft of the cell phone photos, both class-D felonies.

In response to the accusations, Trans-Care issued a statement last week from its Terre Haute office on Margaret Avenue: “Trans-Care takes allegations of this nature extremely seriously and is cooperating with all agencies investigating these allegations, including law enforcement.”

The company also stated that the employee facing the allegations had been “removed from all scheduled work involving patient care.”

According to the Trans-Care statement, the ambulance company learned of the alleged misconduct through a second employee then “began an immediate investigation into the allegations.” The company also contacted the Indiana Department of Homeland Security “to begin complaint procedures with the Indiana Emergency Medical Services Commission,” the statement said.

Trans-Care officials in Terre Haute could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Watts emphasized that the ambulance company is not a target of the police investigation.

“We believe this is an isolated [alleged] incident with one worker and we are not targeting Trans-Care,” he said.

Police say Jordan may have left the state with his wife, Jamie Lea Jordan, 22, and may be driving either a maroon 2004 Ford Taurus with Indiana license plate number ZP5542 or a gray 2006 Ford Mustang with Indiana plate RQ3582.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Indiana State Police at (812) 299-1151.

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Paramedics rescue family after crash

Posted on 26 July 2010 by wyoskibum

ATLANTA, GA – Coweta County EMS works became victims of an accident when a family in a car crash into the ambulance and was ejected from their car on Raymond Hill Road over the weekend.  The accident happened Saturday afternoon when the driver of the van lost control on slick roads.

Officials say the van struck the ambulance and flipped over several times before coming to a stop in a ditch.  A 14 year old passenger in the vehicle was recovering Thursday night at Children’s Health Care At Eagleston Hospital.  Renae Sanders, 39 her mother was recovering At Atlanta Medical Center.  Both were in Critical Injury.  Authorities say the woman and her daughter were both lucky because the EMS workers not injured and were able to come to their rescue.  Dannis Martin and Jeremy Fields say after a moment to get themselves together, they sprang into action and went to help the injured mother and daughter. Police say Sanders and her daughter Ashley suffered serious head injuries.  Police say neither the mother or daughter was wearing a seat belt.

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2 killed in crash of EagleMed helicopter

Posted on 26 July 2010 by wyoskibum

KINGFISHER, OK — An air ambulance helicopter crashed in a field southeast of Kingfisher Thursday night, killing two aboard.

According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the crash occurred about 7:45 p.m. four miles south and one and a half miles east of Kingfisher.

Aboard the EagleMed flight were a pilot, nurse and EMT. No patients were onboard during the flight at the time of the crash.

The names of those on the flight were not immediately available late Thursday night. Representatives of Federal Aviation Administration and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation also were on the scene.

An FAA spokesman said the survivor of the crash was taken back to an Oklahoma City hospital for treatment, but he was unaware of the person’s condition.

“The helicopter had apparently departed the Integris Baptist Medical Center helipad in Oklahoma City and was on its way to Okeene Hospital when the crash occurred,” said Lynn Lunsford, FAA spokesman for the Southwest Regional Operations Center in Fort Worth.

He said the scene of the crash likely will be secured until investigators can arrive this morning and begin their investigation into what caused the crash.

“The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash because it is a fatality accident and the FAA will be part of that team,” Lunsford said.

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Paramedic charged with possessing child porn

Posted on 22 July 2010 by wyoskibum

LAKE JACKSON, TX — Lake Jackson EMS officials indefinitely suspended a lieutenant paramedic without pay Wednesday after he was charged with possessing child pornography — material an EMS official said was downloaded at the agency’s office.

Brazoria County Sheriff’s deputies raided the Pearland home of Craig Wunstel, 34, on Tuesday evening and arrested him on the third-degree felony charge.

Deputies discovered hundreds of images and videos on several computers Wunstel owned that depicted children displaying genitals, having sex with adults and performing sex acts, court documents state.

The children in the images and videos appear to range from 2 to 7 years old, court documents state.

If convicted of the charge, Wunstel could serve up to 10 years in prison. Sheriff’s deputies said they still are investigating, and Wunstel could be charged with additional counts of child porn possession.

Wunstel worked part time in Lake Jackson. He became a full-time paramedic with the Galveston County Health District a year ago.

The Galveston Health District placed Wunstel on paid administrative leave Wednesday after learning about the arrest.

“The District thinks the integrity of its employees is essential and feels the public should always feel confident they are dealing with personnel whose conduct is beyond reproach,” Health District spokesman Kurt Koopman said in a news release.

Koopman said he did not have information Wednesday regarding Wunstel’s duties with the Galveston County Health District.

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Trooper: ‘Driver error’ caused ambulance wreck

Posted on 22 July 2010 by wyoskibum

OLD FORT, NC – State troopers have determined that a single-vehicle ambulance wreck last week on Interstate 40 was not the result of a mechanical malfunction.

Trooper P.W. Ruppe of the N.C. Highway Patrol said members of the patrol’s reconstruction team examined the ambulance and found nothing wrong with the truck.

“It appears the cause is going to be driver error,” Ruppe stated.

The driver, 78-year-old Roy Crisp, who is a volunteer with Old Fort Fire Department, told troopers on the scene of the crash last Tuesday that the steering wheel began shaking, which caused him to lose control of the ambulance, according to Ruppe’s report.

At approximately 2 p.m. that day, Crisp responded with paramedics to a call in Old Fort of a woman having chest pains.

They loaded the patient, 87-year-old Gladys Franklin Parker of Oakdale Road, into the back of the ambulance, and the two EMS paramedics, 59-year-old Marvin Lunsford and 23-year-old Paul Badgley, jumped in the back of the truck to continue treating Parker on the way to the hospital.

Parker’s son, 44-year-old Arthur Parker of Oakdale Road, was also onboard to accompany his mother to the hospital.

Reports state that Crisp was driving the ambulance east on I-40 at the Crooked Creek Bridge, when he passed a tractor-trailer, ran off the road, overcorrected and came back onto the pavement and ran off the road again, striking a bridge facing.

No one aboard the ambulance was seriously injured.

“Both EMS paramedics were providing care to the patient when the incident occurred,” EMS Director William Kehler said in a prepared statement. “McDowell fire and rescue personnel frequently assist by driving ambulances to medical facilities when the patient’s condition is serious and warrants two care providers with the patient.”

Incidents that commonly require a first responder to drive an ambulance include cardiac arrest, serious heart problems, patients on ventilators, obstetrics emergencies, critical pediatric calls and serious trauma incidents, Kehler added.

He said each department has its own policies as to who can and cannot drive emergency vehicles.

Kehler stated that his agency will continue its own internal investigation into the matter and take every action to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

“Our agency takes safety very seriously,” he said. “We continue to examine every aspect of this collision to identify all contributing factors to this incident. A full review will be conducted and appropriate action taken to ensure we are operating at the most efficient level and in the safest manner possible. The safety of our employees, our patients and the general public is a responsibility we take very seriously.”

EMS policy requires that all drivers, despite the agency they represent, undergo alcohol and drug screens immediately after a collision.

The last accident involving a McDowell EMS ambulance transporting a patient occurred in early 2002. Since that time, Kehler added, nearly 38,000 patients have been transported safely to area medical facilities, and paramedics have driven 500,000 to 600,000 miles safely with patients aboard.

Charges against Crisp are still pending further investigation.

Ruppe’s report shows Crisp was traveling 70 in a 70 mph zone.

Damage to the 2009 Ford F-450 ambulance was estimated at $8,500. The truck is expected to be back in service in about three weeks.

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Bethel man charged with DUI for obstructing ambulance

Posted on 19 July 2010 by wyoskibum

BETHEL, CT — Police charged a 60-year-old Bethel man with drunken driving on Friday after he allegedly failed to get out of the way of an ambulance responding to a medical call.

Steven Deluca, of Wolfpits Road, was stopped after he allegedly failed to yield the right of way while driving on Greenwood Avenue about 8:30 p.m.. Hew was also cited for obstructing an emergency vehicle.

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