Archive | November, 2011

Four injured after ambulance, car collide in Opelika

Posted on 26 November 2011 by wyoskibum

OPELIKA, AL – One person was airlifted to a hospital in Columbus, Ga., and three others were taken to East Alabama Medical Center after an ambulance collided head-on with another vehicle early Friday.

The collision occurred at about 6:20 a.m. on Marvyn Parkway in Opelika, according to EAMC spokesman John Atkinson. At the time of the collision, the ambulance was already transporting a patient to EAMC.

The patient, the driver of the ambulance and the attending paramedic were all transported to EAMC with what appeared to be minor injuries, Atkinson said.

The driver of the other vehicle was taken by helicopter to Columbus as a precaution. The driver’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

“We’re very thankful this morning that this accident didn’t turn out any worse than it did, and we’re very hopeful that the patient riding in the ambulance and the driver of the car experience quick recoveries,” Atkinson said.

The Opelika Police Department said the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the collision. The sheriff’s office could not release any additional details Friday afternoon.


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Ambulance En Route To Call Collides With Car Read more:

Posted on 26 November 2011 by wyoskibum

OMAHA, Neb. — An ambulance on its way to a medical emergency collided with a car Thursday afternoon. It happened near 30th and Martin streets about 3:40 p.m.

The driver of the car said she was driving westbound on Martin Street with a green signal to cross 30th Street. The ambulance, which was heading north on 30th Street, collided with her car.

The woman said she had her radio on and didn’t notice the siren and lights on the ambulance. She said she only heard the siren a split second before the collision.An EMT said the ambulance almost rolled in the crash.

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Pedestrian steps into highway lane, struck and killed by ambulance

Posted on 23 November 2011 by wyoskibum

SILVERDALE, WA — An ambulance driven by a 74-year-old Sequim man struck and killed a pedestrian on state Highway 3 just north of here Monday afternoon, the Washington State Patrol reported Monday night.

Troopers said the pedestrian, identified as Colby James Coan, 24, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., walked into the lane of traffic near the interchange with Trigger Avenue after his pickup truck had veered off the road and had come to rest on a small hill.

There was no explanation for why the truck veered, and a State Patrol report said it was unknown whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

The privately owned ambulance driven by James E. Toepfer struck the man in the southbound lane, the State Patrol reported.

Lanes of southbound Highway 3 were blocked for several hours as troopers investigated the scene.

Toepfer, who reportedly was uninjured, drove the ambulance from the scene.

The incident is under investigation, a State Patrol spokeswoman said.


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Alsip man charged with attacking paramedic in ambulance

Posted on 23 November 2011 by wyoskibum

CHICAGO, IL – An Alsip man was charged with a felony after attacking a Chicago Fire Department paramedic as they rode to a South Side Hospital, police said.

Mohamed Natour, 31, of the 4800 block of West 121st Place, was charged with one count of aggravated battery, a felony, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak.

Mike Nolan, who is a nine-year department veteran, suffered head, facial and leg injuries injuries in the attack that occurred following a traffic accident at the intersection of 76th Street and Racine Avenue this morning, police and fire officials said.

The ambulance responded to the scene for a call of a vehicle striking a light pole, police said, citing early reports.

As the ambulance pulled up to Holy Cross Hospital near 68th Street and California Avenue at about 2:30 a.m., Natour became combative and repeatedly punched Nolan in the head, apparently unprovoked, police said. The paramedic also suffered abrasions on his leg during the struggle, police said.

Both Nolan, 46, and Natour were treated at Holy Cross and released.

Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff credited police for acting quickly to subdue Natour.

“I would like to personally thank the many Chicago Police officers who quickly came to the aid of Paramedic Nolan,” said Hoff, in a statement. “Their rapid response stopped a further escalation of the incident which could have resulted in more injury to Nolan and hospital staff at Holy Cross.”


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Ambulance Involved In 3-Vehicle Accident In Norwich

Posted on 23 November 2011 by wyoskibum

NORWICH, CT— Police responded to a three-vehicle crash involving an ambulance at the intersection of Routes 32 and 82, Thames Square, at at 4:50 a.m. Sunday.No serious injuries were reported from the accident, however, two victims were transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

One of the vehicles slid into an American Ambulance stopped at the Northbound red light at Thames Square. The ambulance was not carrying patients.

The driver of one of the vehicles fled on foot from the scene. The operators of the vehicles have not yet been identified. Police are asking anyone with information regarding this accident to contact Officer Thomas Lawton at 860-886-5561.


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Paramedic faces 10-year sentence

Posted on 23 November 2011 by wyoskibum


MONCKS CORNER, SC — A paramedic who allegedly took marijuana from a felony DUI suspect at a crash scene and tried to hide it from law enforcement was charged Friday with obstruction of justice.

Chelsea Arrowood, 27, of Summerville, a paramedic for Berkeley County EMS, was arrested by the S.C. Highway Patrol, Cpl. Bob Beres said. Arrowood reportedly surrendered to investigators Friday afternoon at the Hill Finklea Detention Center and was expected to face a bond judge later in the evening.

At the Broughton Road scene of a fatal head-on collision late Nov. 10, a witness maintained that a paramedic took a small package of pot from the pants of Shana Robinson, 33, of Moncks Corner, patrol Capt. Chris Williamson said. He said investigators later recovered the pot, the exact amount of which he didn’t know. And contrary to earlier reports, Robinson and Arrowood are not related and do not know each other, Williamson said.

Robinson remains hospitalized but is charged with felony DUI regarding the accident that took the life of Candy Zoll, 47, of Moncks Corner. Zoll died in a hospital emergency room from blunt force trauma suffered in the crash, authorities said.

The patrol said Robinson’s 2005 BMW crossed the center line and struck Zoll’s 2000 Saturn head-on. Robinson and a passenger in her car, 23-year-old Brittany Hartley of Moncks Corner, were both injured.

Williamson said Robinson now faces an additional charge of simple possession of marijuana in connection with the incident at the accident.

The obstruction of justice charge is a misdemeanor but carries a sentence of up to 10 years, Williamson said.

EMS Director Bob Mixter said earlier that Arrowood is on paid vacation that was already scheduled.


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Mastic Ambulance Technician Arrested for Sexual Abuse of a Patient

Posted on 18 November 2011 by wyoskibum

Shirley, NY ( – He was supposed to be protecting the people of Mastic but instead an ambulance crew member has been charged with sexually abusing a patient while they were riding in an ambulance to a local hospital.

On Wednesday, Suffolk police arrested 22-year-old Kristopher Kalh for inappropriately touching a female patient while she was being transported to the hospital on November 4. Kahl was working for the Mastic Ambulance Company at the time of the incident.

Following an investigation by Seventh Squad detectives, Kahl, of Middle Island, was arrested today and charged with Sexual Abuse 3rd Degree.

Kahl was processed at the Seventh Precinct and was released on stationhouse bail. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on a future date.

Detectives are asking anyone that may have information about this crime to call Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.


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Ambulance Slams into Jeep, Causes Rollover

Posted on 18 November 2011 by wyoskibum

EL PASO, TX – Today paramedics rushed two women to the hospital after an ambulance ran a red light and slammed into their Jeep.
The Jeep flipped onto its roof at Montana and Campbell. It happened during the lunch hour. Police at the scene told us the women will be okay. The accident was not related to another emergency.

Police say the ambulance driver was not on a 911 call and was not running his lights or his siren when he entered that intersection. Police ticketed the ambulance driver for causing the crash.


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Patrol: EMS worker took pot from hurt DUI suspect

Posted on 18 November 2011 by wyoskibum

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating after authorities say a Berkeley County emergency medical service worker took marijuana from the pants of an injured drunken driving suspect.

Highway Patrol Cpl. Bob Beres said the worker was helping 33-year-old Shana Robinson after the Moncks Corner woman’s BMW crossed the center line Thursday night and hit another car head on. The other driver, 47-year-old Candy Zoll, died at the hospital.

Beres said the EMS worker took the drugs from Robinson’s pants and tried to hide it while caring for the woman.Robinson has been charged with felony DUI. It wasn’t clear if she had an attorney.

The EMS worker has not been identified or charged. Berkeley County EMS Director Bob Mixter said he is conducting an internal investigation.


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Manheim man faces DUI charge

Posted on 18 November 2011 by wyoskibum

LANCASTER, PA – A Manheim man will be charged with drunken driving after his vehicle struck the back of an ambulance that was at the scene of an accident Thursday in Rapho Township, police said.

Julius R. Bruckner, 63, was traveling north on South Esbenshade Road at 7:30 p.m. when he came upon the crash scene, failed to stop and hit the back of the ambulance, state police at Ephrata said.

The ambulance was stopped in the northbound lane in the 300 block and had its emergency lights flashing.

Several other emergency vehicles also were at the scene of the first accident, and the roadway was completely blocked, police said.

EMT Diana Fralich, 54, of Lancaster, was working on three accident victims inside the ambulance and was knocked over and suffered a minor injury, police said.

She was transported to Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Fralich was tending to Brenda Spencer, 52, Alana Hartshorne, 23, and Joshua Bandy, 24, all of Ohio, police said. They had suffered minor injuries in a crash involving their car and a tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer driver was not injured.

Spencer, Hartshorne, Bandy and Bruckner were not further injured when Bruckner’s vehicle hit the ambulance, police said.

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Computer virus hits ambulances

Posted on 18 November 2011 by wyoskibum

NEW ZEALAND – A computer virus disabled the automated response system of St John communication centres across the country this week.

Ambulance communications operations manager Alan Goudge said systems were back up and running yesterday morning after being attacked by the virus on Wednesday night.

The incident forced staff to allocate ambulances manually but it is still unknown if any emergency call-outs were affected.

“Anti-virus software protected the systems but as a result of the virus it impacted on some of the systems services, mainly those related to paging and radio. Back-up systems immediately took over when it was detected and the workload was managed manually,” Mr Goudge said.

Mr Goudge said the source of the virus was still being investigated. “While it has now been contained we are looking into how and why it entered our system.”

A Hamilton IT expert, who did not wish to be named, said he was surprised by the outage in an emergency call centre and said he expected a robust system to be heavily protected by computer security systems.

“Without forensic access to the system it’s hard to gauge what went on, however in most cases a virus is transferred from a memory stick plugged into the system,” he said. “One would expect a system like this to have strict controls around memory stick use.”

A memory stick was responsible for introducing the Conficker virus to Waikato District Health Board computers in December 2009. The virus disabled the system for two days, affecting more than 6000 staff and thousands of patients who had procedures delayed while the problem was fixed.

When St John receives a 111 emergency call an ambulance is alerted via a mobile data terminal (MDT) linked to a paging system.

The MDT, similar to an on-board computer, displays information about the emergency, including what and where it is.

But during this week’s outage, ambulance officers were in some cases called via station phones and emergency information was relayed in person.

St John had not received any reports that emergency response times were affected, but Mr Goudge said the organisation was investigating the impact the disruption had on the service.

“Any responses of concern that result from the investigations will be followed up with patients and family involved,” he said.

Communication centres in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, that receive more than one million calls a year, were affected.


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Prattville FD ambulance in accident at Rosa Parks Avenue

Posted on 18 November 2011 by wyoskibum

MONTGOMERY, AL – A Prattville Fire Department ambulance was involved in an accident this morning in Montgomery as it was transporting a patient to Baptist Medical Center South.

Batt. Cmdr Lowell Strock confirmed the accident that occurred at about 11 a.m. when the ambulance collided with another vehicle and overturned. The ambulance was carrying a patient and three fire personnel, he said. The accident occurred at the intersection of Rosa Parks Avenue and Southern Boulevard, Strock said.

Strock said the fire department personnel and the patient were in stable condition and were being transported to Baptist South Hospital.

Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr. went to the accident scene in Montgomery. He left with good feelings about the condition of the firemen and the patient.

“Our guys will be able to go home to their families at the end of the day,” he said. “And the patient was taken care of. The Montgomery police department and the fire department arrived at the scene very quickly and took very good care of our people and the patient. They were able to transfer the injured very quickly.”

PFD provides emergency services to the city of Prattville and Autauga County. The fire department has contacted nearby cities to inform them of the situation and to lay the ground work for any mutual aid that might be needed, Gillespie said.

“That’s standard procedure,” he said. “We don’t expect to have to ask for any help. The city and the county are covered.”


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Thomson family says baby died after EMS workers refused hospital transport

Posted on 06 November 2011 by wyoskibum

MCDUFFIE COUNTY, Ga. — A Thomson family is searching for answers after their 2-month-old daughter died over the weekend.

Parents Marion Few and Lana Bell claim EMS workers refused to take the baby to the hospital, and by the time her father could get her there, it was too late.

“I didn’t get the chance to teach her how to walk,” said Few as he and his girlfriend looked through their packet of new parent information from the hospital.

They got it just two and a half months ago when their daughter Leanna was born. Inside the folder is Leanna’s birth certificate showing stamps of her two tiny feet.

“It’s just sad because we could have had bigger footprints from her too,” Bell said.

Baby Leanna died Saturday, and her parents say they still don’t know why.

“When I first got up, I was laying on my bed and looking at my daughter. She was breathing funny,” he said. “Then white stuff started coming out her nose and mouth.”

Few called 911 and EMS workers came to their house. He says they told both him and his sister the baby was fine.

“My sister said, ‘You need to take her to the hospital.’ She was mad because they kept refusing, ‘No we’re not gonna take her to the hospital. She’s OK. She just had gas.’”

Few’s mother, Williemae Few, was at the store when Marion called them to explain what was wrong with the baby. She says as soon as she saw the baby girl she knew something was very wrong.

“Gas? Come on, now. You see milky stuff coming out of the baby’s nose and mouth. Breathing slowly like — whew, whew, whew. Gasping for air. First thing you should have said is, ‘Come on, we’re taking your baby to the hospital.’”

She blames first responders for not acting immediately.

The Few family decided to leave for McDuffie Regional hospital on their own, where doctors worked to help Leanna breathe. She died before they could airlift her to GHS Medical Center.

“I feel as though if they’d gone ahead and taken her to the hospital, our baby girl would still been here,” Bell said.

G.B.I. Special Agent in Charge Mike Ayers says their agency is investigating the death. He points out that the G.B.I. frequently investigates infant deaths, however, and their involvement does not necessarily indicate any criminal fault.

Coroner Rhusha Mack told News 12 the initial autopsy was inconclusive, and the medical examiner with the G.B.I. lab in Augusta might not determine a cause of death for several days. Mack was tracking down the baby’s medical history records Wednesday morning.

Thomson EMS officials did not respond to requests for information.

Leanna’s grandmother says someone is at fault in this situation.

“I want to know what happened to that baby. My grandbaby. We’re not gonna stop until we get justice,” she said.

Now, their family is left with only pictures to remember little Leanna.

“It hurts. It really hurts,” Few said.



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RI ambulance company owner sentenced to 2 years

Posted on 06 November 2011 by wyoskibum

A Rhode Island ambulance company owner has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for fraud.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that John Almon of Cranston must also pay more than $700,000 in restitution to Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island. He is the owner of Med Care Ambulance, LLC.

Prosecutors say the 55-year-old Almon pleaded guilty in June to obstruction of a federal audit, making false statements and two counts of health care fraud.

They say Almon overbilled Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island for ambulance runs for dialysis patients by categorizing them as specialty-care transports. Such transports are reimbursed at a higher rate.

Prosecutors say Almon was also ordered to complete three years of supervised release and 1,000 hours of community service.


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