Archive | October, 2010

Ambulance, car crash in Port Richmond

Posted on 26 October 2010 by wyoskibum

PORT RICHMOND, PA — A Philadelphia medic unit and a car collided on a city street early Monday morning.

It happened at Frankford Avenue and Elkhart Street in Port Richmond just before 1:00 a.m.

The driver of the car was taken to the hospital to be checked out for any injuries.

That driver will be charged with DUI, police said.

The driver of the ambulance and a patient who was in the ambulance were not injured.


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Car collides with ambulance in Murray

Posted on 26 October 2010 by wyoskibum

MURRAY, UT — Police say a driver who had his radio up too loud may have caused a collision between a car and an ambulance Thursday afternoon.

Just after noon, an ambulance was responding to a call with lights and siren, said Unified Police Lt. Don Hutson.

At the intersection of 4500 South and 900 East, the ambulance entered into the intersection at a slow pace because it did not have the green light. When it fully entered the intersection, however, it was hit by an oncoming vehicle, Hutson said.

The driver told officers the music on his car stereo was turned up so loud that he didn’t hear the ambulance coming. A paramedic in the back of the ambulance suffered minor injuries.


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Ambulance, pickup truck involved in collision in Monroeton

Posted on 26 October 2010 by wyoskibum

MONROETON, PA – No one was injured in a two-vehicle accident involving a pickup truck and an ambulance early Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of U.S. Route 220 and state Route 414 in Monroeton, said Monroeton Fire Department Lt. Jim Kobbe, Jr.

There was no patient inside the ambulance at the time of the crash, said Wendy Allen-Smith, the EMS manager at Memorial Hospital. She confirmed that it was a Memorial Hospital ambulance that was involved in the crash.

At the time of the accident, the ambulance was on its way to the scene of a motorcycle that was on fire, she said.

Because the driver of the motorcycle was not injured, the ambulance was not exceeding the speed limit and was traveling within the regular flow of traffic, she said.

The ambulance was dispatched to the fire in case someone became injured while fighting the fire, she said.

The crash occurred at approximately 1 p.m., she said.

The pickup truck, which was traveling east on Route 414, “pulled into the path of the ambulance” and collided with the ambulance, she said.

The driver of the pickup truck was apparently at fault, Allen-Smith said.

Allen-Smith declined to identify the drivers of the two vehicles at this time.

She said the ambulance had damage to its passenger side, while the pickup truck had damage to its front.

She said the ambulance, while drivable, sustained significant damage.

“It may be beyond repair,” she said.

The pickup truck sustained major damage, Kobbe said.


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Ambulance and car collide, killing 1

Posted on 26 October 2010 by wyoskibum

WEST BRIDGEWATER, MA – One person was killed when a car and an ambulance collide in West Bridgewater.

The head-on crash happened overnight on Center Street. The victim has been identified at 59-year-old Wayne Erickson, of Taunton.

The ambulance had just left a nursing home when the accident happened.

The patient inside the ambulance, two medics, and the driver of the truck were taken to Brockton Hospital. Their conditions have not been released.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


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EMS driver charged with reckless driving

Posted on 26 October 2010 by wyoskibum

A Walker County, Ga., paramedic has been charged with reckless driving after crashing into an oncoming car and flipping his ambulance while on duty.

Georgia State Patrol began to investigate two weeks ago after 22-year-old Gerald Zigner crossed the center line on U.S. Highway 27 and the ambulance he was driving struck a Kia going in the opposite direction. At the time of the crash, Zigner was making a nonemergency trip to Floyd County with a patient inside.

State troopers finished their investigation Sunday, concluding that Zigner fell asleep while behind the wheel, said Sgt. Tommy Sturdivan, with the Georgia State Patrol. Zigner was charged with reckless driving and driving on the wrong side of the road, Sturdivan said.

A witness who was driving behind the ambulance claimed that Zigner was across the center line for about 11?2 miles, which was one of the reasons he was charged, Sturdivan said.

Zigner posted a $2,700 bond and was released Monday night after turning himself in to Floyd County jail, according to the Floyd sheriff’s office.

Zigner declined to comment and referred questions to Walker County Coordinator David Ashburn.

Ashburn said the state can’t prove Zigner was asleep. Tests are being run to see if Zigner might have had a medical condition that resulted in the crash, Ashburn said.

“[Zigner] says he can’t remember what happened at all,” Ashburn said.

Once the medical tests are complete, and if Zigner’s health isn’t a problem, he will be required to go through a driver’s education course before he can drive again, Ashburn said. He is out of work on medical leave right now, Ashburn said.

Zigner, who was hired by Walker County Emergency Services three months ago, has been driving ambulances for Angel Services, a private ambulance service, for several years and has an “excellent driving record,” Ashburn said.

As Zigner waits for the tests to be completed, his father, Ralph, said he is miserable because he can’t do what he loves.

He said his son has wanted to be a paramedic since high school and dropped everything else to attend health classes to get where he is today.

“This is his life,” Ralph Zigner said. “That’s what he wanted to be.”


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Two dead after ambulance crashes into B.C. lake

Posted on 26 October 2010 by wyoskibum

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA – Two paramedics have been found dead after their ambulance left the road and slammed into a Vancouver Island lake, sinking to the bottom.

The two paramedics had left a Port Alberni, B.C., hospital in central Vancouver Island around 4:20 a.m. Tuesday. They were reported overdue in Tofino later that day and RCMP were sent to investigate after pager and cellphone calls went unanswered.

“Patrols … located the ambulance vehicle submerged in Kennedy Lake,” spokesman Kevin Murray said in a prepared statement. “It appears the vehicle went off the road, down a steep embankment, coming to a rest in approximately 30 feet of water.”

The two people, whose identities have not been released pending notification of next of kin, were found dead inside by an RCMP dive team.

“The BC Coroners Service is now involved and will be assuming the lead role for the investigation from the RCMP,” Murray said.

The ambulance was found in Kennedy Lake, about 40 km south of Tofino, where the highway skirts the edge of the water.


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Ambulance wreck injures two paramedics

Posted on 26 October 2010 by wyoskibum

McDowell County, NC – The cause of an ambulance wreck on Sugar Hill Road early Friday morning is still unclear.

“At this time, no charges have been made pending medical test,” stated a report by Cpl. J.A. Piercy of the Marion Police Department. “At this time the cause of the crash could be due to a medical issue.”

Kimberly Braswell, 35, of Marion, who is an EMS paramedic, was driving the 2008 Ford ambulance west shortly before 2 a.m., when she ran off the side of the road, hit the guardrail, crossed over Oak Crest Drive and rammed into an embankment, the report stated.

Braswell and EMS Lt. Judy Shelton, 54, of Morganton, were taken to The McDowell Hospital, where they were treated for their injuries and released.

No one else was aboard the ambulance, which was en route to an emergency call on Zion Hill Road, said the report.

Piercy estimated that the truck was traveling 60 in a 45 mph zone.

“The specific cause of the incident is still being investigated with the driver possibly suffering a medical illness prior to the incident,” said EMS Director William Kehler. “We are very fortunate that our employees did not suffer serious injury and that no other vehicles were involved in this incident.”

Damage to the ambulance was estimated at $46,000, according to Kehler.


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Ambulance Crash Injures 5

Posted on 26 October 2010 by wyoskibum

GALAX, Va. — Five people, including four people in an ambulance, were injured late Friday in a crash at the intersection of East Stuart Drive and Cranberry Road, Galax police said Monday.

Police said the ambulance was on the way to Twin County Regional Hospital with a patient in the rear when the driver attempted to change lanes and struck a Chevrolet pickup truck. The truck then struck another car.

The driver, Gerald Melton, 68, was extricated from the ambulance and taken to the hospital, along with three other emergency medical technicians who were working on the patient. The driver of the car was also injured.The injuries were described as non-life-threatening.

No charges were filed in the crash, police said.


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Davie ambulance lands on its side in Cooper City accident

Posted on 26 October 2010 by wyoskibum

COOPER CITY, FL — It took more than two hours for emergency workers to right a Davie Fire Rescue ambulance that flipped on its side after a collision Monday morning, officials said.

The accident involving an SUV and the ambulance happened shortly after 9 a.m. at the intersection of Griffin Road and Southwest 100th Avenue in Cooper City, said Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright.

The ambulance was carrying one patient and three Davie paramedics, WPLG-Ch. 10 reported. The four were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital with injuries believed to be minor, the station reported.

The fire-rescue truck had been traveling west on Griffin Road, with its lights and sirens on, when it was struck at the intersection by the southbound SUV, according to WPLG.


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Ambulance carrying accident victim hit on I-95

Posted on 26 October 2010 by wyoskibum


An ambulance carrying a patient to Stamford Hospital from a rollover accident on Interstate 95 was sideswiped by another car in a chain of events that snarled traffic on the highway Sunday afternoon.

No one was seriously injured in either accident.

Only one car was involved in the first accident, which occurred around 3:45 p.m. on the Mianus River bridge on the northbound side of

I-95. State Police said the driver lost control and rolled over.

Two Greenwich

Emergency Medical Service ambulances responded, taking one of the vehicle’s occupants to Greenwich Hospital and the other to Stamford Hospital.

As the ambulance heading to Stamford reached exit 6, a car crossed over three lanes of traffic and hit the rescue vehicle, said Charlee Tufts, executive director of GEMS.

The patient in the ambulance was in stable condition, Tufts said, and another ambulance was dispatched to continue the trip to Stamford Hospital.

The driver involved in the second accident did not need to be treated, she said.

“The good news was there were no injuries to any of our crew,” Tufts said.

State police said both accidents are under investigation.


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Ex-EMS chief charged with sexual battery

Posted on 26 October 2010 by wyoskibum

GARNER, NC — The former chief of the Garner EMS & Rescue Squad has been charged with sexual battery following a report of an incident last month, according to police.

William J. Frederick is expected to turn himself in to police soon, but he was not in custody Friday, Lt. Chris Hagwood said.

Garner police began investigating a report of a sexual assault in an office formerly used by the rescue group on Sept. 1. Less than a week later, Frederick resigned from the organization, citing personal reasons.

It took more than a month for police to interview the people involved and wrap up the investigation, Hagwood said. Police do not think a rape occurred, he said.

Frederick had served as EMS and rescue chief in Garner for about two years. Previously he was a police officer in Sanford, where he had legal troubles.

In 1996, Frederick was suspended from the Sanford Police Department after he was accused of trading leniency for sexual favors, according to news reports at the time. The State Bureau of Investigation began a probe, and Frederick pleaded guilty in November 1996 to attempted obstruction of justice, a felony. Frederick was sentenced to 2-1/2 years of probation.

The Garner EMS & Rescue Squad, which is independent of the town but receives taxpayer money, likely never conducted a criminal background check that could have uncovered Frederick’s legal troubles, said Ralph Smith, president of the group’s board of directors.

Since Frederick resigned, Smith said, the group has decided to conduct background checks of potential employees. He said the group is cooperating with police.

“It’s a police matter that they’re running with,” he said. “If we can help them in any way, we want to do so.”

Earlier this year, Wake County Emergency Services took over EMS duties because the Garner group was struggling financially. Later, town officials handed rescue duties over to the Garner Volunteer Fire-Rescue department because they said they no longer wanted to use taxpayer money for duplicate services. Garner EMS & Rescue still provides medical-transport services.


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Ambulance involved in fatal accident

Posted on 13 October 2010 by wyoskibum

ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC – An ambulance was involved in a deadly wreck Monday afternoon.

According to Highway Patrol, the Catawba County EMS truck was on a routine patient transport, heading west on Teague Town Road when a Ford Escape traveling east crossed the center line and hit the ambulance head on.

The accident happened just after 1:30 p.m.

The driver of the Ford Escape, 67-year-old Patrick Salmons, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck.

Ambulance driver Nathan Turner was pinned inside the vehicle and had to be airlifted to CMC-Main. He is reported to have serious injuries.

Both the paramedic and patient in the ambulance were taken to Frye Regional Medical Center.

Police say Salmons did have prior medical conditions, and that may have caused the wreck.

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EMT & Another Man Killed in Ambulance Crash

Posted on 13 October 2010 by wyoskibum

WEST UNION, IL — A small Valley town is in mourning as it loses two of its resident in one crash.  One was an EMT.

The accident happened just after 9 central time on Illinois Route 1 at County Road 300 North just south of West Union.

Illinois State Police say 37-year-old Dotti Bright of West Union failed to stop at Route 1.  She sideswiped the ambulance driven by 66 year old William Crumrim of West Union.

Both the ambulance and Bright’s truck ended up overturned in a ditch.

State police say no charges have come as the result of this accident, though they are still investigating.

52-year-old Richard Poorman of West Union, an EMT who was treating a patient in the back of the ambulance, died at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson.

45 year old Stephen Daugherty of West Union was a passenger in Bright’s vehicle.

He died at Carle Hospital in Champaign.

The patient in the ambulance was 52-year-old Paul Cornwell of Annapolis.

He was taken to Deconess Hospital in Evansville for serious injuries.


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False 911 Call Lands Paramedic in Jail

Posted on 13 October 2010 by wyoskibum

Jackson County, FL – You probably wouldn’t expect that a paramedic would make a fake 911 call,
but that isn’t the case for a Jackson County man who sent his own co-workers on a wild goose chase looking for a non-existent accident scene.

Just over a week ago, the Jackson County Sheriff’s office received a frantic phone call from someone claiming there was a multi-car accident near the Alabama state line.

Dispatchers sent out ambulances, fire trucks, police officers, and even a helicopter to aid those in need, but when they got there, there was no accident to be found.

“We spent a lot of time looking that morning to make sure that we did not have a crash. The seriousness of this is the fact that we’re taking people away from those that might be needing their services,” says Sheriff Louis Roberts.

The sheriff’s office and Jackson County Fire and Rescue teams launched an investigation looking for the culprit of the false report. It turns out that their very own, paramedic from Jackson County Fire and Rescue, Wade Allen Welle placed the call.

While leaving his shift at the fire station on Saturday morning, Welle was arrested.
He is now charged with a felony.

“When one of us, or the personnel, that is supposed to be setting the higher standards and representing the safety of all the community, and they mis-use or abuse this type of system, it to me, is a little bit more serious,” Roberts went on to say.


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