Archive | December, 2011

Ambulance Fire Heavily Damages Raleigh EMS Station

Posted on 30 December 2011 by wyoskibum

RALEIGH, N.C. — Authorities said an ambulance caught fire in a Wake County Emergency Medical Services station, severely damaging the building.

Officials said all the paramedics in the station made it out safely after the blaze started around 1 p.m. Thursday at the station on Six Forks Road in Raleigh.

Firefighters said the blaze started in the engine of the parked ambulance, destroying the vehicle. The fire also spread, significantly damaging the roof of the ambulance bay and causing heavy smoke damage to the paramedics’ living area.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.

Officials said the EMS station will operate out of another building until repairs can be made. Ambulance service in Wake County was not interrupted by the fire.

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EMT Worker Assault While Responding To A Call

Posted on 30 December 2011 by wyoskibum

WASHINGTON, NC – An EMT worker, responding to a call for help, is instead assaulted and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Major Kenneth Watson with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says James Rosene, who works for Pinetown EMS , responded to 161 Five Points Farm Lane for an injured person call around 7pm, Christmas Eve.

Rosene arrived in his personal vehicle and was first on the scene.

As he provided medical assistance to the injured person and waited for the EMS crew to arrive, Watson says, the family became upset with Rosene’s service and started hitting and kicking him.

Once EMS arrived they had to transport Rosene to the hospital instead and another ambulance had to come to help the person in the original call.

Deputies arrested Bobby Covey Sr. and his son, Bobby Covey Jr. for Assault To Physically Injure A EMT worker and Resisting A Public Officer.

Covey Sr. received additional charges of two counts of Communicating Threats and two counts of Assault On A Government Official once Deputies were called to the scene.

Both were placed under a $11,000 bond, but bonded out the same day. The father and son have a December 29th courtdate.

Rosene was treated and released.

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Ambulance crash in North Hollywood injures four people

Posted on 30 December 2011 by wyoskibum

LOS ANGELES, CA – Four people were hurt Monday when a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance collided with another vehicle in North Hollywood.

The ambulance was en route to a call when the crash occurred at Vanowen Street and Vineland Avenue at 9:22 a.m., said LAFD spokesman Cecil Manresa. It was not clear how the collision occurred. Los Angeles Police Department officers were investigating at the crash scene.

Four people, including two fire department employees, were taken to local hospitals by ambulance with injuries described as not life-threatening.

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Veteran paramedic killed in botched canyon rescue

Posted on 30 December 2011 by wyoskibum

AUSTRALIA – Ambulance Helicopter Retrieval Service paramedic Mick Wilson had rescued one canyoner from the base of a waterfall at Carrington Falls, west of Wollongong, and was seeking to retrieve a second man when something went terribly wrong.

According to police, the winch cable to Mr Wilson was somehow compromised, forcing the rescue crew in the helicopter to cut the line to the 41-year-old father of three. “At about 8.30pm (on Saturday) on their last retrieval something has occurred at the bottom of the line which has necessitated an action inside the helicopter, cutting that winch line and releasing it from the helicopter,” NSW Superintendent Gary Worboys said yesterday.

“As a result of that the ambulance paramedic received injuries and later died at that location near Carrington Falls.

“I’m thinking it’s not something to do with the helicopter, I’m thinking it’s about the environment. It was a difficult, complex retrieval.”

A NSW Ambulance media spokeswoman said Mr Wilson — who had over 15 years’ experience — was one of the country’s most qualified search and rescue paramedics. She described the accident as “highly unusual” and confirmed Mr Wilson did not die from injuries sustained in a fall.

“It’s just so unusual, it’s a scenario that’s never played out before but I can confirm he did not fall, his feet were on the ground (when he died),” she said.

Multiple helicopters were sent to the scene to assist on Saturday evening after a distress call.

But while four special casualty access team paramedics were able to be winched down the cliff, the weather was so treacherous they were unable to winch Mr Wilson’s body, and the surviving canyoner, to safety until 7am yesterday.

It is the first time in 30 years a NSW paramedic has been killed on duty. A team of investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been set up, but indications are the probe could take up to 12 months to complete.

The team will interview the helicopter crew, retrieve flight data, inspect the helicopter and gather operational and training records from the operator.

Police will also interview the two canyoners.

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Ambulance Wreck Reaction

Posted on 30 December 2011 by wyoskibum

MERIDIAN, MI -

A two car wreck left an ambulance and a vehicle driven by a pregnant woman in a creek Saturday morning.

According to Metro Ambulance Director Clayton Cobler, the ambulance was on it’s way to assist with the wreck in Kemper County, when a car pulled out in front of it.

The family of the woman driving the other vehicle says she was not the cause of the accident, and disputed comments made at the scene of the crash.

Meridian Police were on scene and MPD officials say the will make all evidence and witness accounts available to the respective insurance companies.

No one was seriously injured and the unborn child is OK according to the family.

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EMSA Driver Charged In Fatal Accident

Posted on 30 December 2011 by wyoskibum

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The ambulance driver accused of going over 80 miles per hour when he crashed into a car, killing the driver, turned himself in Thursday.

Benjamin Samples has pleaded not guilty. Investigators say Samples’ lights and sirens were on when he crashed the ambulance into Fidel Mesa Solis’ car. EMSA policy states drivers shouldn’t go more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit even when responding to an emergency.

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Man Killed In Ambulance-Involved Crash Identified

Posted on 18 December 2011 by wyoskibum

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — A man killed in a crash involving an Emergency Medical Services Authority ambulance in Oklahoma City on Saturday morning has been identified.

The driver who died in the accident has been identified as Fidel Mesa-Solis.EMSA spokesperson Lara O’Leary said the ambulance was on its way to a medical call when it hit Mesa-Solis’ car at N.W. 10th Street and May Avenue at about 10:30 a.m.

According to EMSA the two paramedics in the ambulance have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.Oklahoma City police and EMSA were working to to investigate the incident.

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Ambulance overturns after crash at downtown Corbin intersection

Posted on 18 December 2011 by wyoskibum

CORBIN, KY – Three people were injured, and a Knox County EMS ambulance was severely damaged, in a two-vehicle crash Sunday evening at the corner of Fifth Street and Kentucky Ave. in Corbin.

The accident happened at about 5:55 p.m. According to Corbin Police, a Knox County EMS ambulance was traveling south on Kentucky Ave. on its way to Baptist Regional Medical Center when the crash occurred. It was transporting a patient who had been complaining of back pain and had both emergency lights and sirens engaged at the time.

It came up on the red light at the intersection of Kentucky Ave. and Fifth Street when it was hit in the side by a 2010 Chevrolet Impala driven by Robert A. Walker II, of Corbin.

According to Corbin Police Sgt. Jim Miller, who investigated the accident, Patsy Brown, the driver of the ambulance, failed to obey the red light at the intersection. Walker had the right of way.

Walker claims she slowed to around 5 mph before going through the intersection. Witnesses contend the ambulance was traveling at a high rate of speed when it ran the red light.

The ambulance spun around, and then tipped over on its side. Brown was pinned in and had to be extricated from the wreckage by the Corbin Fire Department.

An EMT on board, Shereen Reynolds, and the patient that was being transported, Donna Phipps, also suffered injuries. All three were taken to Baptist Regional Medical Center for treatment and were later released.

Walker was uninjured.

Miller said the building at the intersection, Central Baptist Church, was an “environmental contributing factor” to the crash since it limited line of sight.

Police do not suspect drugs or alcohol played any role in the accident and neither driver was issued any traffic citations.

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Driver causes accident with ambulance on interstate ramp

Posted on 05 December 2011 by wyoskibum

икони цениLOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville Metro Police arrested a 27-year-old man who they say crashed into an ambulance on a ramp to the Watterson Expressway.

Around 6:10 a.m. Saturday, Stefan Trabue was heading west on Westport Road entering I-264 when his car hit the right rear of a Louisville Metro EMS ambulance while trying to pass it on the ramp.

According to his arrest report, Trabue failed a field sobriety test and officers found a cocaine pipe in his pocket with was residue in it.

Trabue is charged with cocaine possession and driving under the influence.

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Ambulance involved in Canton head-on collision, three injured

Posted on 05 December 2011 by wyoskibum

BOSTON, MA -

An ambulance crashed head-on into another vehicle on Route 138 near Industrial Drive in Canton earlier tonight, sending both drivers to the hospital by MedFlight.

No patients were inside the ambulance during the crash, which was operated by one EMT with another riding in the passenger seat, Canton police Lieutenant Patty Sherrill said. A male was operating the other vehicle, and was the only person inside.

The damage to both the ambulance and Nissan Altima was “pretty extensive,” Sherrill said. Canton officials and State Police are still at the scene and Route 138 was still closed at 10:45 p.m.

Two of the passengers were taken to Boston Medical Center and another was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Their conditions are not known.

Canton police are investigating the accident, and did not know how the accident occurred.

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2 killed, 2 hurt when vehicle slams into ambulance

Posted on 05 December 2011 by wyoskibum

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Two people were killed when the car they were in slammed into ambulance at a San Bernardino County intersection, injuring two firefighters.

County Fire Department spokeswoman Tracey Martinez said Saturday the medic squad was returning to its station in Fontana when the high-speed crash occurred.

Heavy rescue equipment was used to extricate the car out from underneath the ambulance. The two occupants of the vehicle were found dead.

Martinez says the two firefighters in the ambulance are hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

The crash is being investigated by Fontana police.

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Ambulance involved in crash

Posted on 05 December 2011 by wyoskibum

MARION, OH — Troopers responded this morning to a crash at the intersection of Ohio 423 and Marion-Cardington Road.

A car and a Lifeline Medical ambulance collided at the intersection a little before 8 a.m., according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatcher.

Stofcheck transported at least one person to Marion General Hospital.

The highway patrol dispatcher said that the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

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One injured, ambulance totaled in accident

Posted on 05 December 2011 by wyoskibum

YORK , NE — One person was injured and an ambulance was totaled in an accident Monday night at the intersection of the Highway 81 bypass and Highway 34, just east of the airport.

According to the York County Sheriff’s Department, a 2010 Ford ambulance owned by Boone County was northbound at 9:22 p.m., driven by Randall Bruland, 50, of Albion. Fortunately, at the time of the accident, there was no patient onboard.

At the same time, a 2006 Pontiac Sedan, driven by Manuel A. Gomez-Griego, 32, of Commerce City, Colo., was eastbound on Highway 34 and approaching the intersection. When the Griego vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign, it entered the intersection and the two vehicles collided.

Upon impact, the ambulance was thrown into a light pole and entered the east ditch where it came to rest. The Griego vehicle came to rest in the median.

Bruland told investigators that the Griego vehicle did not slow or stop at the intersection. Griego said his brakes failed and he was unable to stop.

Injured in the accident was a passenger in the Griego vehicle, Alberto Griego, 25. He was transported to York General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Both vehicles were totaled. The estimated value of the ambulance was $200,000. The value of the Griego vehicle was estimated at $7,000.

Griego was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign.

Alcohol was not suspected as being a factor in the accident.

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Oxford police say paramedic wrote fake prescriptions

Posted on 05 December 2011 by wyoskibum

OXFORD, MA —  A paramedic-EMT from Leominster was arrested at Walmart on Sunday and charged with six counts of writing false prescriptions.

Oxford Police Sgt. Anthony P. Saad said police received a call from Rite Aid Pharmacy at 175 Main St. about 9:40 a.m. Sunday reporting that Paul S. Anderson, 28, of 17-1/2 Laurel St., Leominster, had tried to fill a suspected false prescription for the narcotic oxycodone. He left the store in a Toyota Corolla when the pharmacist refused to fill the prescription.

Police were told that Mr. Anderson was presenting an Arizona driver’s license as identification.

A few minutes later, police received a call from the pharmacy in Walmart at 742 Main St. that Mr. Anderson was attempting to pass a fake prescription there.

“In this case, the pharmacist told Mr. Anderson to wait while his prescription was filled,” Sgt. Saad said.

Police were met at the door of Walmart by the store manager, who pointed out the suspect, who was arrested by officers Randy L. McCarthy and Kevin R. Lebreton.

During a search of Mr. Anderson’s car, police found blank prescription pads, a laptop computer and printer, a paper cutter and receipts from pharmacies in Shrewsbury, Dudley, Lowell, Millbury, Sturbridge and Nashua, N.H., Sgt. Saad said.

“He had everything to make scripts right there and a GPS unit to find his way.”

Mr. Anderson, who identified himself as a paramedic-EMT with AMR, was being held on $1,000 cash bail and was to be arraigned Monday in Dudley District Court.

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