Archive | April, 2012

Tow truck hits ambulance in Prince George’s County

Posted on 30 April 2012 by wyoskibum

CLINTON, Md. – A Prince George’s County ambulance was involved in a multiple vehicle collision Sunday, sending four people to the hospital.

Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County Fire Department, says the crash happened around 5 p.m. at Branch Avenue and Surrats Road.

The ambulance had its sirens on when it was making a left hand turn from Branch Avenue onto Surrats Road, when a tow truck traveling north on Route 5 broadsided the ambulance. The ambulance then struck a passenger vehicle.

Brady says the career firefighter/medic driving the ambulance was taken to a trauma center with injuries that aren’t considered serious. The volunteer/EMT in the back of the ambulance sustained less serious injuries than the driver.

The patient being transported in the ambulance was taken in another ambulance to the hospital on another ambulance. It’s not clear if that person sustained any injuries in the crash.

The driver of the vehicle in the crash was taken to a trauma center as a precaution.

Brady says the ambulance was severely damaged in the crash, and could be deemed a total loss.

County police and fire are still investigating the crash. Charges against the tow truck driver are still pending.

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Two vehicle collision involving an ambulance in Kennesaw

Posted on 30 April 2012 by wyoskibum

KENNESAW, GA – A Georgia EMS ambulance was one of two vehicles involved in a motor vehicle accident this afternoon in Kennesaw. The accident happened on Stilesboro Road and Old Highway 41 near the Kennesaw Battlefield.

One patient that the Georgia EMS ambulance was transporting at the time of the accident suffered minor injuries as a result of the auto accident. The patient was placed into another ambulance and transported to a local hospital for treatment. It is unclear at this time which driver will be facing charges as a result of the accident.

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Ambulance involved in rollover accident in Palmview

Posted on 30 April 2012 by wyoskibum

Harlingen, Texas - Authorities are investigating a two-car accident that sent several people to the hospital and left an ambulance knocked over on its side.

The accident happened off Expressway 83 and South Bentsen Palm Drive in Palmview around 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

Palmview police told Action 4 News that the ambulance was headed south on Bentsen Palm Drive and going to pick up a patient at the time of the accident.

Investigators said a car clipped the ambulance when it entered Expressway 83 causing the emergency vehicle to roll over on its side.

Paramedics rushed those involved in the accident to local hospitals where they’re being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The exact cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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Ambulance Driver Arrested After Chase, Holding Co-Worker ‘Against His Will’

Posted on 24 April 2012 by wyoskibum

Откъде да купя иконаPHILADELPHIA, PA – A man is in police custody after he led police on a short pursuit in an ambulance all while holding a co-worker “against his will.”

According to investigators, the incident began when police spotted the ambulance in an area where it shouldn’t have been. The ambulance, according to authorities, was supposed to be at a hospital in Pottstown for a pick-up.

Police then contacted the ambulance company, NovoCare Ambulance based out of Norristown, to alert them of the situation. The company then contacted one of the employees and asked him his whereabouts.

According to authorities, the man told them he was at one location, but the company was able to track his exact location utilizing a GPS device.

Company representatives then informed the worker to return to the company headquarters in Norristown.

Authorities say the employee did not return back to the business and instead drove off towards his home. Police then began a pursuit of the ambulance.

A second employee that was inside the vehicle reportedly called police and told them he was being held “against his will.”

Police eventually stopped the vehicle at 2nd Street and Cheltenham Avenue in East Oak Lane.

The driver was taken into custody and is being questioned by investigators. So far, no charges have been filed.

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Ambulance crashes, overturns on I-95

Posted on 24 April 2012 by wyoskibum

WILMINGTON – April 22, 2012 (WPVI) – A man is hospitalized after he lost control of an ambulance on a rain soaked I-95.

The accident occurred around 4:00 p.m. on I-95 South by the Brandywine River Bridge.

Police say the ambulance struck a guardrail, overturned numerous times, and finally came to a rest in nearby trees.

The driver was the lone occupant of the ambulance at the time of the accident.

He was transported to Christiana Hospital in serious condition.

I-95 South was reduced to one lane as police cleared up the accident.

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Man Dies After Being Hit by Ambulance

Posted on 24 April 2012 by wyoskibum

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) – A pedestrian is dead after police say he walked in front of an ambulance in North Las Vegas.

Police say the man was not in a crosswalk when he was struck about 8 p.m. Sunday on East Lake Mead Boulevard. He was transported to University Medical Center, where he later died.

The 26-year-old ambulance driver and a 22-year-old passenger were not injured. Police say alcohol doesn’t appear to be a factor on their part.

Authorities are investigating whether the pedestrian was under the influence. His identify and age have not yet been released.

The death marks the third fatal crash and the first pedestrian fatality this year in North Las Vegas.

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Former EMT instructor pleads guilty to falsely certifying that EMTs attended training classes

Posted on 24 April 2012 by wyoskibum

BOSTON, MA – A former emergency medical technician instructor accused of allowing police officers, firefighters, and other EMTs to sign attendance sheets for state-required refresher classes, even though they did not attend, pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court on Friday, authorities announced today.

Thomas Codair Sr., 50, of Medford, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a house of correction. He was also fined $4,000. Codair was charged with four counts of Office of Emergency Medical Services violations and one count of conspiracy to commit such violations. Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders suspended Codair’s sentence provided that he does not violate probation for one year.

“This defendant put the public’s health and safety at risk by running a scheme that falsely certified emergency personnel,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said in a statement. “Proper certification ensures that emergency personnel are properly trained and equipped with the medical skills necessary for emergency treatment.”

An investigation by Coakley’s office discovered that Codair, a former EMT who taught four training courses between 2006 and 2009, allowed several EMTs to sign the course attendance sheet without actually attending the required training course.

“Codair then submitted the rosters to OEMS [Office of Emergency Medical Services], falsely certifying all signers’ attendance at those course, thus enabling the signers to qualify for recertification,” Coakley’s office said in a statement.

Four top executives from LifeLine Ambulance in Woburn were also charged in connection with Codair’s scheme. Brian Connor, 50, of Arlington, Jonathan Kulis, 37, of Wilmington, Michael McPherson, 38, of Billerica, and Brian O’Connor, 39, of Woburn, are each charged with one count of an Office of Emergency Medical Services violation and one count of conspiracy to commit such a violation. The case against them is ongoing, according to Coakley’s office.

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Ambulance, trash truck collide; at least two hurt

Posted on 24 April 2012 by wyoskibum

LOS ANGELES, CA -

At least two Los Angeles city firefighters were hospitalized with serious injuries when their rescue ambulance collided with a trash truck in Boyle Heights on Monday.

A man on the trash truck was also injured in the crash that took place about 2:15 p.m. in the 700 block of Soto Street where it intersects with Whitter Boulevard, said Fire Department spokesman Matt Spence.

It was not immediately known what caused the crash or the nature of the call that fire personnel were responding to, Spence said.

Nor was it clear why the trash truck was in the area.

Los Angeles police officials said the ambulance was responding Code 3, an emergency call to which a unit responds with lights and sirens.

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Man tries to steal ambulance

Posted on 23 April 2012 by wyoskibum

COLUMBUS, MS – A Macon man was arrested early Friday morning for allegedly stealing an emergency vehicle. Jimmie White Jr., 37, of 302 East Adams St. in Macon, was arrested and charged with felony taking of a motor vehicle.

Columbus Police Department Officer Mark Underwood was dispatched to 2520 Fifth Street N., Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, in reference to a stolen ambulance. Underwood spoke with Joe Wall, director of ambulance services for the hospital, who stated someone had taken an ambulance from the emergency room.

White was brought in by ambulance, as a patient, before walking out of the emergency room and stealing an ambulance. The ambulance was later seen by Macon police on Highway 14 in Macon.

Noxubee County Sheriff’s deputies took John White into custody and met officers with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at the county line. White was transported to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center. His bond and court date are pending.

The case is being investigated by CPD.

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Ambulance en route to call clips car, sending it into light pole

Posted on 20 April 2012 by wyoskibum

TULSA – In a rush while responding to a call, an ambulance clipped a car, sending it into slamming into a light pole.

The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. Thursday near 37th and Peoria.

Police say the EMSA driver got a call, flipped on the ambulance lights and clicked a black Mustang as it tried to turn right off South Peoria.

The Mustang lost control, plowing into a light pole.

The EMSA driver told police he didn’t see the mustang in the lane next to him.

Police say the driver of the Mustang had no visible injuries and the EMSA crew was not hurt.

Both the car and the ambulance were hauled away by a tow truck.

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Man killed in ambulance-SUV crash outside Akron hospital

Posted on 20 April 2012 by wyoskibum

AKRON, Ohio — A 57-year-old Akron man was killed early this morning when an ambulance collided with an SUV near the emergency room at Akron General Hospital where traffic lights were not working due to a power outage.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Collins Green, of Pine Street, who was in the back seat of the 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Sherica Jones, 20, also of Akron.

Green, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the hospital at 3:37 a.m.

Akron Lt. Rick Edwards said the accident occurred at 3:21 a.m. when an ambulance driven by Eric Schupp, 20, of Akron, collided with the SUV at the intersection of Wabash and Cedar streets in Akron.

“The power was out to the traffic lights,” Edwards said. “When that happens, drivers are supposed to act as if it’s a four-way stop. It looks like both drivers just went right through the intersection without stopping. The ambulance struck the passenger side of the SUV.”

The ambulance was transporting a 56-year-old man to the hospital at the time of the accident. He was not injured in the crash.

Akron police said the accident is under investigation.

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Ambulance crash claims one

Posted on 20 April 2012 by wyoskibum

ATWELL, WV – — The McDowell County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating a fatal crash involving an ambulance near the community of Atwell.

Chief Deputy Mark Shelton of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department confirmed at 3:15 p.m. that one person had been killed in a crash between a McDowell County Ambulance Authority ambulance and a coal truck. The crash was reported at 12:37 p.m. A deputy who is investigating the incident had not yet returned from the scene between the Raysal and Atwell communities.

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Ambulance and bus collide

Posted on 20 April 2012 by wyoskibum

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Two people were injured in a crash involving an IndyGo bus and an Indianapolis EMS ambulance earlier this morning on West 10th Street near White River Parkway on Indianapolis’ Westside.

The accident occurred just after 9 a.m. near the intersection of West 10th Street and North Elder Avenue. Both vehicles were heading west on 10th Street.

The ambulance was responding to an emergency when it struck three utility poles on the south end of West 10th Street, a news release from Indianapolis EMS states. One pole came to rest on the back of the vehicle.

It’s unclear when or how the IndyGo bus got involved in the crash. The front of both vehicles were damaged.

The driver and one passenger of the bus were transported to Wishard Memorial Hospital.

There were no serious injuries, but there is a lot property damage, according to the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Agency.

More specific information about the cost of the damage was not immediately available.

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Ambulance crews assigned 72-hour shifts

Posted on 20 April 2012 by wyoskibum

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – If someone needs help ambulance crews are there 24/7.  But now they need help, and because of it some responders are working 72-hour shifts.

The long shifts are to cover for the lack of full-time paramedics.

One former worker believes public safety is at risk, but company officials said they’re working hard to fix the problem.

It’s an around the clock job.

“It’s kind of hit and miss,” explained Tamara Allison, an emergency medical technician for Superior Ambulance.  “We’ll go through spurts where it seems like we run all the time, just nonstop back-to-back calls.

“Then sometimes it’s a shift like this shift where it’s been pretty laid back, and the calls are spread out.”

When someone calls 911 needing medical assistance, the goal is to have an ambulance on scene within six minutes.

But Superior Ambulance in Roswell is short-staffed lacking three full-time paramedics.

“At 48 hours you know, they’re ready to go home,” said Superior Roswell Regional Manager Armando Lucero.  “At 72, I know they’re ready to go home.”

Lucero said they’ve had to assign 72-hour shifts before because paramedics are hard to retain.

“They move to bigger cities, they get burned out, they just need to get out of the business for a while,” he said.

A former Superior employee who recently resigned from the company said she quit because she thinks the shifts are dangerous.

She didn’t want to go on camera but said she is very worried about a tired ambulance driver making a mistake on the job.

When asked if making a mistake on the job due to a lack of sleep is a concern, Lucero responded, “That’s always a concern, but that’s always a concern with a 24-hour shift too.”

Lucero said it is rare for his staff to work back-to-back calls for more than six hours at a time.

Anytime they’re not on a call, Lucero said workers are encouraged to rest. Superior staff are housed with the Roswell Fire Department.

Those who’ve worked the 72-hour shift said sleep all depends on the calls.

“Doing it, the first few shifts that you’re starting out, it’s like, oh my gosh, this is never going to end,” Allison said. “But then after a while it’s just like, your body gets used to the whole system.”

Allison’s partner, Paramedic Jennifer Peterson, said when they get the call, she gets a boost of adrenaline.

“Sometimes it’s hard to get up for like a second, but as soon as you hear your pager go off and everything, all of a sudden you just like flip over into work mode,” Peterson said.

Lucero said his employees do get time to sleep, and when he can, he pulls part-time paramedics to fill in.

Superior officials said the 72-hour shifts will only last until they can hire more paramedics.

The company is getting some applications, and Superior is also paying for some of their EMT’s to get certified as paramedics.

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