Archive | March, 2012

Bus strikes ambulance, injuring two workers

Posted on 30 March 2012 by wyoskibum

BUFFALO, NY – Two Rural/Metro Medical Services ambulance workers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries after their ambulance collided head on with a First Student school bus at about 7 a.m. Wednesday at Bailey Avenue and East Ferry Street.

Buffalo police said the ambulance was not on a call at the time of the bus-caused crash, and no children were in the school bus. Neither the bus driver, who was issued a summons for failure to yield the right of way, nor a bus aide was injured.

After the collision, the ambulance crashed into and damaged a wall of Harmac Medical Products, police reported.

Ferry-Fillmore officers said the bus driver was trying to make a left turn at the intersection.

The names of those involved in the crash were not released.



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Tarrytown Ambulance Corps Rocked by Sex Harassment Claims

Posted on 30 March 2012 by wyoskibum

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – A long-term veteran of the Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Corps remains on suspension from the corps while officials consider complaints that he sexually harassed female corps members as well as patients.

A group of six current and former corps members said they planned to file a complaint Thursday with the state Human Rights Commission stating that the man, whose identity is being withheld because no criminal charges have been filed, made inappropriate comments about their underwear, unwanted physical advances and photographed vulnerable female patients. In one case, the women said, he left an intoxicated patient’s breast exposed while he complimented the woman on her appearance.

“I felt very uncomfortable and bad for the patient and, after a long while on the way to the hospital knowing he was not covering the patient’s breast, I put a sheet over her breast without asking or saying anything,” a female corps volunteer said in a notarized statement in July.

The statement also alleged that the ambulance corps member made her uncomfortable several times by rubbing her feet or touching her shoulders.

Stephen Lewis, the lawyer for the accused man, called the claims “Kafka-esque”and a conspiracy. He said his client had not even been given a chance to review the allegations made against him.

Former Lt. Murat Turk and former Capt. Bridget Connelly made the decision to suspend the man from the corps eight months ago. The suspension meant the accused member could not ride on calls, could not enter the Ambulance Corps building and could not communicate with corps members

Only the corps’ board of directors can remove him from service permanently. The board heard testimony from 11 members on Jan. 25.

Another woman, whose name The Daily Tarrytown is not using, spoke out against the corps member at the January board meeting and later submitted a statement about her testimony. The woman said since she joined the corps in 1998, she “either witnessed or received unsolicited and unwanted sexual comments from the man,” including questions about what type of underwear she had on or what a patient looked like naked.

The woman noted in her testimony that she reported the member’s behaviors to then-Capt. Robert Hoyt though nothing changed.

The ambulance corps volunteer, a 65-year-old Tarrytown man, has been suspended since July after a female member alleged sexual harassment. In January, the 11 member board voted on whether to dismiss him from the corps entirely. He was not removed.

Officials in the volunteer ambulance corps said the matter is still ongoing and they cannot discuss a confidential matter.

“We’re having hearings at the board level about it,” said Mike Farley, the captain of the Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Corps. “It’s not done yet. We’ve only heard one side of the story.”

Another ambulance board member, Fred Mauhs, said the matter was still subject to proceedings within the ambulance corps board.

“I can’t comment at all as long as TVAC is still involved with the proceedings,” he said.

The ambulance corps is an independent organization that does not receive financial support from the village. Village Administrator Michael Blau noted that the sole connection is the Service Award program, which is similar to a pension plan.

“They own their own building and all of their equipment,” he said.

The Daily Tarrytown learned about the allegations from Murat Turk, a lieutenant within the corps who is on a leave of absence, and several of the women who have reported that they were sexually harassed.

“Anyone trying to do the right thing in this case becomes an enemy,” Turk said. Turk said he has experienced retaliation for bringing forward sexual harassment allegations from himself and other women in the corps.

He said several of the women have reported the member’s actions to police and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, but no charges have been filed.

Turk said he decided to take a leave of absence from the corps because of the board’s inaction on the matter. Turk said he personally witnessed the man violate health privacy laws by taking photos of patients.

The accused corps member and Jacy Dobson, president of the Ambulance Corps Board of Directors, did not respond to telephone messages and could not be reached at the time of publication.

While the captain, Farley, declined to speak specifically about the allegations, he did say that he thought Turk “had no right to go to the press.”



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Paramedic chief, 6 others hospitalized in South Side crash

Posted on 30 March 2012 by wyoskibum

CHICAGO, IL – A Chicago Fire Department paramedic and six others were hospitalized Wednesday night during a multi-vehicle crash on the South Side.

The paramedic chief was responding to a fire in the 9200 block of South Greenwood Avenue when another vehicle struck the fire department’s Ford Expedition about 8:55 p.m. near East 95th and South Stony Island, fire officials said. The chief ‘s sport-utility vehicle rolled over during the crash.

The paramedic was taken in critical but “stable” condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

“He’s going to be OK,” said fire department spokesman Joe Roccasavla. “He took a pretty good hit though.”

Six people from three other vehicles were hospitalized in good to fair condition, Roccasalva said. Four people were taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital and two were taken to South Shore Hospital.


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Fire truck, medic crash at intersection

Posted on 30 March 2012 by wyoskibum

BALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore City Fire officials are trying to figure out what caused a medic unit and a fire truck to crash into one another, injuring two paramedics.

Just before 8:00 p.m. fire Engine Company 13 was responding to the 700 block of Lennox Street for reports of a building fire.

When the truck approached the intersection of West North Avenue, they were met by Medic 15 as they too were responding to a different call for service.


The two collided in the intersection. Both units suffered moderate damage in the crash.

One paramedic was taken to Shock Trauma with minor injuries, and a second paramedic was taken to Mercy Medical Center for less serious injuries.

Crews are still trying to figure out the cause of the collision.

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Paramedic poured human blood onto student’s leg, officials say

Posted on 30 March 2012 by wyoskibum

An Austin-Travis County EMS paramedic poured human blood onto a high school student’s leg during a drunken driving simulation earlier this month, a hospital administrator said Monday, prompting an investigation by EMS officials.

During the March 8 “Shattered Dreams” event involving students at Vandegrift High School in the Leander school district, the paramedic poured blood from the hospital’s lab onto a female student pretending to be a patient, said Dr. David Martin, the chief medical officer at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.

Emergency Medical Services Director Ernie Rodriguez said the paramedic was using a bag of donated blood as a prop during the event. At the hospital, the paramedic — whose name he did not release because of the ongoing investigation — poured some of the blood onto gauze for the student’s fake injury to make the wound look more realistic, he said. The paramedic then spilled some of the blood onto himself and the student’s skin, he said.

The paramedic could face discipline as a result, Rodriguez said. He said the blood is typically used for transfusions, but that particular sample was past its usable date.

“Although this blood had undergone dozens of tests and was verified as completely clean, there was no reason that a student participant should have come in physical contact with human blood during the course of the simulation,” Martin said in a statement Monday. “This action is something that the hospital does not condone, and hospital representatives took prompt action.”

The student’s exposure to the blood occurred after being taken to the hospital as part of the simulation, which features the dramatization of an alcohol-related crash near a high school campus.

The event, organized by public safety agencies, plays out over the course of a school day to educate students about the dangers of drunken driving. It includes law enforcement and EMS responses to the “wreck,” emergency room treatment for the simulated victims, family notifications, and the arrest and booking of the driver.

Real blood typically is not used as a prop during the event, but “I don’t have any doubt this medic knew it was real,” Rodriguez said.

The blood bank assured the students’ parents that there was an extremely low risk of infection or the spread of disease, Rodriguez said. He said the student did not undergo any testing.

Rodriguez said the incident should not have happened and said the fault lay solely with EMS. He said there were lapses in EMS supervision during the event, including allowing the paramedic to participate even though he had not gone through the planning process. Those issues are also being investigated, Rodriguez said.

“This medic should not have been allowed to participate,” he said. “I’m convinced that if he had the appropriate briefing, he would not have done that.”

The paramedic has worked for EMS for several years, Rodriguez said, and has served without any previous problems.

Rodriguez said he hopes the incident does not damage the reputation of Shattered Dreams, which he called “a great program” that has seen success in discouraging drinking and driving among teens.

“I guarantee Shattered Dreams saves students’ lives,” Rodriguez said. “I would hate for anyone to get a bad sense about it.”



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Police arrest man suspected of trying to hit ambulance

Posted on 30 March 2012 by wyoskibum

Sacramento police arrested a man suspected of trying to ram a fire department ambulance on the highway.

Fire department personnel were called to the 300 block of Graves Avenue about 9 a.m. Sunday in the Strawberry Manor neighborhood for a woman who needed medical aid. When they arrived, the woman’s son was belligerent, according to a police department activity log.

Police responded and the fire department ambulance began transporting the mother to the hospital. Police allege that during transport, her son, Johnie Clemon, 30, tried to run into the ambulance on the highway.

Fire personnel called police again and officers arrested Clemon at the hospital. He was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

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2 Injured In Ambulance, Car Crash

Posted on 26 March 2012 by wyoskibum

PHILADELPHIA, PA — A collision between a car and an ambulance created a traffic nightmare in Center City early Friday morning.

The accident happened at about 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Broad and Callowhill Streets.

Authorities say a car struck the ambulance, causing the ambulance to flip over on its side. The ambulance, medic 50B, was responding to a call at the time of the crash.

Two Philadelphia Fire Department paramedics were taken to Hahnemann University Hospital for treatment. The paramedics’ injuries did not initially appear to be serious.

There were no patients inside the ambulance at the time of the accident.

No one inside the striking car was seriously injured.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.



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Ambulance runs into snowplow near Calaway Park

Posted on 26 March 2012 by wyoskibum

CALGARY — Two medics and a patient riding in a Nakoda ambulance were rushed to hospital after their ambulance hit a snowplow on Highway 1 near Calaway Park.

The crash was one of 20 that happened Thursday as blowing snow and poor visibility contributed to bad driving conditions on the Trans-Canada.

“The driver of the ambulance was below the speed limit, but proceeding with lights and sirens, and did not see the snowplow,” said Marcel DuBois, director of Nakoda emergency services.

While it was originally feared to be a life-threatening crash, their conditions were later upgraded.

A female paramedic who was driving, a male paramedic tending to a patient and the male patient who was being transported in the ambulance were injured but will survive the crash that seriously damaged the ambulance.

“They’re all very lucky,” said DuBois.

The ambulance was on a medical trip to the Foothills Hospital at the time of the crash, and after the collision they were taken in another ambulance to the same hospital.

The ambulance driver was released from hospital later in the afternoon.

RCMP reported there had been about 20 collisions on Highway 1 west of Calgary and that the conditions are “extremely variable and change quickly from simply wet to snow-covered and icy with limited visibility.”

Police were advising that people use extreme caution when driving.

The driver of the snowplow was assessed on scene and release


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Driver charged after crash with ambulance

Posted on 26 March 2012 by wyoskibum

FLORENCE, OR – Oregon State police say alcohol played a factor in a crash involving an ambulance. The crash happened Wednesday night on Highway 126, six miles east of Florence.

Authorities say Wade Flaeschel, 27, from Eugene, was driving eastbound when his truck crossed the centerline and collided with an ambulance. The ambulance was returning to Eugene from an earlier call. The two paramedics were not injured.

Flaeschel was extricated from his vehicle by firefighters and taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. He faces several charges including DUII, reckless driving and two counts of reckless endangering another person.



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Chesapeake paramedic charged with stealing pills

Posted on 26 March 2012 by wyoskibum

A 53-year-old paramedic charged with stealing prescription pain medication has been suspended from the department.

Virginia Beach resident Martha O. Hawkins was arrested last week after she was accused of stealing the prescription medication Nucynta, which has a value of more than $200, according to court documents. She also was charged with possession because the medication contains tapentadol, a controlled substance.

Hawkins is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 4.

The incident happened on Feb. 23 in the 1500 block of Chesapeake Ave., according to a police news release.



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Paramedics deliver twins in ambulance

Posted on 26 March 2012 by wyoskibum

GLOUCESTER, Mass., March 21 (UPI) – A Massachusetts paramedic who helped deliver twins in an ambulance said similar incidents are becoming more and more common.

Gloucester Fire Department Capt. Phil Bouchie said department paramedics picked up Amanda Knowles, who was experiencing contractions, Tuesday and headed toward Bevery Hospital, the Gloucester Daily Times reported Wednesday.

Paramedics Linda Hayes and Jeff Poole decided to pull the vehicle over in the breakdown lane near Exit 13 on Route 128 when it became clear they would not make it to the hospital in time. Bouchie and Tom Savage arrived as backup after the first baby, a boy, was born and the second child, a girl, was born on the way to the hospital.

Bouchie said the names of the children were unavailable but they were said to be doing well at Beverly Hospital.

He said fire department paramedics seem to be delivering an increasing number of babies in recent months.

“It’s been happening more and more,” he said.



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Update on condition of four injured in ambulance rollover accident

Posted on 19 March 2012 by wyoskibum

MCLENNAN COUNTY, TX – We now know the condition of the four people injured in an ambulance rollover accident that took place Sunday afternoon just outside Gholson.

The ambulance was in the 12,000 block of Gholson Road when the vehicle hydroplaned on the wet roadway. The driver over corrected and the ambulance entered a ditch on the left side of the roadway.

The ambulance had been transporting a heart attack patient when it flipped over. The patient is now in critical condition at Hillcrest, but this is not believed to be because of injuries he sustained in the accident since he was firmly restrained at the time.

The three attendants were taken to Hillcrest and treated for minor injuries.


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Ambulance stolen from Atlantic City hospital, driven to bar

Posted on 19 March 2012 by wyoskibum

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Police in Atlantic City, N.J. were searching Sunday for a suspect who stole an ambulance and apparently drove it to a bar.

The ambulance was stolen from outside of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City shortly after 2:30am, WCAU-TV reported.

Police said the ambulance had brought a patient to the emergency room at AtlantiCare. When emergency medical workers came back outside, they found it gone.

The thief apparently drove the ambulance to a bar before driving it to Millville, N.J. — about 36 miles west of Atlantic City — and abandoning it, investigators said.

Police have a surveillance camera image of the suspect, who has not yet been arrested, according to WCAU.


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Ambulance struck by pickup

Posted on 19 March 2012 by wyoskibum

ABDEEN, SD – An ambulance was rear-ended near Waubay on Saturday as it was responding to an earlier accident on U.S. Highway 12, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Day County Sheriff’s Office.

The initial accident occurred at 10:53 a.m. about two miles west of Waubay, when a pickup truck with one passenger was rear-ended by car with a single driver on U.S. Highway 12 near Rush Lake, said Highway Patrol trooper Jesse Holman. The car spun into a nearby ditch and the pickup truck wound up facing sideways in the middle of the highway before it pulled over to the shoulder.

Then, at 11:06 a.m., the ambulance that was on the scene, which was parked in the center of the highway, was hit by another pickup with a single driver, Holman said.

Both people in the pickup involved in the initial accident were taken to Sanford Hospital in Webster with minor injuries, Holman said. No one was hurt as a result of the second accident, Holman said.

Holman speculated that both accidents were influenced by heavy fog on the road. No citations have been issued, although Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation.

The accident shut down nearby sections of U.S. Highway 12 for about an hour, said Day County Sheriff Barry Hillestad.


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