Archive | June, 2012

Car, ambulance collide in Eau Claire County

Posted on 26 June 2012 by wyoskibum

Eau Claire, WIThere were only minor injuries when a car collided with an ambulance in Eau Claire County.

The accident happened Thursday morning on Highway 37, near I-94.  Deputies say a car was making a left-hand turn to get onto the interstate when it hit an ambulance.  The ambulance was taking a patient from Durand to Eau Claire.

The driver of the car says they were blinded by semis in the area and couldn’t see.  That driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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Manchester ambulance gets involved in a car accident

Posted on 26 June 2012 by wyoskibum

MANCHESTER, NH — A Manchester AMR ambulance was involved in an accident late Friday, police Sgt. Joe Mucci said.

Mucci said the ambulance, which was heading east on Spruce Street when it was struck by a car that was heading north on Maple Street.

Mucci said the ambulance was heading to Elliot Hospital with a patient who was involved in an earlier accident at the intersection of Chestnut and Auburn streets.

Mucci said the accident is under investigation.

The names of those involved were not available Friday night.

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Local Man Charged After Ambulance Stolen During Emergency Call

Posted on 22 June 2012 by wyoskibum

KILLEEN, TX –Tavaris Latrell Johnson was charged Thursday with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after a Killeen Fire Department ambulance crew reported their ambulance was stolen.

Johnson had been booked into the Bell County Jail Friday morning, charged with criminal mischief and unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

His bonds totaled $52,000, jail records showed.

The ambulance was stolen early Thursday morning while paramedics were inside a residence on Captain Drive where they were sent in response to an emergency call.

The crew notified dispatchers at around 5:25 a.m. that when the left the residence, they discovered the ambulance was gone.

Shortly after reporting the theft, the paramedics heard a siren and then watched as the ambulance came around the corner onto Captain Drive and pulled up in front of the home where they were waiting.

The man at the wheel parked the ambulance, stepped out and started to walk away.

The paramedics followed him and one of them began to talk with the man and continued the conversation until officers arrived, police said.

The man told the officers he just wanted to take a joyride in an ambulance.

Johnson was arrested at the scene.

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8 hospitalized after ambulance crash on Staten Island

Posted on 22 June 2012 by wyoskibum

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — An ambulance carrying a dialysis patient and a luxury sedan collided across the street from Staten Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze this afternoon, landing eight people in the emergency room.

The ambulance, a Richmond County Ambulance Service vehicle, was pulling out of the Island Rehabilitative Services Dialysis Center, across the street from the hospital, at about 3:05 p.m. when it collided with an Infiniti G35 Sedan on Seaview Avenue, and flipped onto its side.

The ambulance, which had three personnel inside, was carrying the patient and his niece at the time of the crash, said Julie Ayad, assistant head nurse at Island Rehabilitative Services.

Ms. Ayad said she came out as soon as she heard about the crash, and talked to the dialysis patient, who was shaken up but didn’t show any visible signs of serious injuries.

He told her, “I don’t know what happened,” she recalled.

Ms. Ayad said the driver of the G35, a woman, had a young girl as a passenger.

A pink child-size swim ring and several towels could be seen in the back seat of the G35.

According to Staten Island University Hospital spokesman Christian Preston, eight patients total went to the emergency room for evaluation, though none were injured critically.

Members on the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit Truck 5 used chains to right the ambulance.

After the crash, Ms. Ayad bemoaned the driving conditions on Seaview: “This is also a crazy area. People are speeding down to Capodanno (Blvd.) on this road.”

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Volunteer ambulance crashes in Prince George’s County

Posted on 22 June 2012 by wyoskibum

WASHINGTON, DC – Police are investigating a volunteer ambulance crash in Prince George’s County.

The ambulance was responding to a call at the time of the accident.

The accident happened on Bowie Road just off Route 1 near Fort Meade Road in Laurel.

Both Prince George’s County Police and firefighters are investigating.

Police say three people were taken to the hospital. Also, two fire department members were taken to the hospital to be checked on.

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Ambulance flips in Vandergrift

Posted on 22 June 2012 by wyoskibum

VANDERGRIFT, Pa. - Overnight rain and wet roads are believed to be responsible for a two-vehicle accident in which an ambulance overturned in Vandergrift.

The ambulance collided with another vehicle at Route 56 and Longfellow Street shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday.

The ambulance was not responding to a call at the time and was not carrying a patient.

Two paramedics in the ambulance went to a hospital to be checked out as a precaution.

Vandergrift No. 2 Fire Chief Steve Potoka said the wet road was a likely factor in the crash

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Ambulance in crash that closed US 50

Posted on 22 June 2012 by wyoskibum

BROWNSTOWN, Ind. (WISH) – An ambulance was at the center of a three vehicle accident in Brownstown Friday night.

According to Brownstown Police,  the ambulance operated by the Jackson County Ambulance Service was traveling south on Main Street on an emergency run entered the intersection and struck the right side of a westbound Chevrolet Suburban vehicle.

The ambulance spun around and struck another vehicle, a Chevrolet Impala,  that was stopped on the west side of the Walnut Street intersection.

The Suburban continued southwest through the intersection and struck a traffic light pole before coming to rest next to a building.

No major injuries were reported but the ambulance driver and passenger were taken to Schneck Medical Center for a check-up.

The ambulance crew was on a medical run to the western part of Jackson County and no patient was on board at the time of the accident.

The intersection was closed for nearly three hours while police investigated the accident.

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Police: Man punched ambulance window, threatened paramedics

Posted on 22 June 2012 by wyoskibum

CHICAGO, IL –  A West Side man is accused of punching out the window of a Chicago Fire Department ambulance and threatening to shoot two paramedics treating a robbery victim early this morning in the Lakeviewneighborhood, police said.

The 25-year-old, whose identity was not being released immediately, is facing charges of felony damage to property as well as two felony assault charges for threatening to shoot two paramedics, said Town Hall District police Lt. Dragan Lakich.

The incident started about 3:15 a.m. in the 3400 block of North Halsted Street when the suspect was walking past a large crowd that had gathered around a man in his 20s who’d been knocked out, was bleeding from the nose, and had been possibly robbed, said Lakich.

“He’s walking by and he breaks the window of ambulance number 6 for an unknown reason,” the lieutenant said.

After shattering the side, glass window of the ambulance, the West Sider made things worse for himself.

“He told paramedics he was going to shoot them,” Lakich said.

Police don’t think he really had a gun, but he did cause damage to the costly, but generally resilient window.

“It’s not an easy thing to do. I’ve seen officers hit them with flashlights and not be able to break them,” Lakich said. “They’re pretty tough.”

The suspect suffered a bloody wrist and he fled the scene but police captured him, still bleeding, about a half an hour later, at 3:45 a.m., about a half mile away at the intersection of Belmont and Sheffield avenues.

He was taken to Saint Joseph Hospital for his injury and remains in police custody as of this morning.

No arrest has been made in the robbery involving the man in his 20s who’d initially been treated by the paramedics, according to the lieutenant.

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Ambulance, car crash in North Nashville

Posted on 22 June 2012 by wyoskibum

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

One person had to be taken to the hospital after an ambulance and car were involved in a violent wreck overnight.

The ambulance was going northbound on D.B. Todd Boulevard just before midnight when it hit a car that was headed east on Heiman Street.

Investigators said the ambulance swerved to miss the car but couldn’t avoid the crash.  The ambulance ended up on a small concrete wall while the car landed in the front lawn of a yard.

The driver of the car was taken to Baptist Hospital with minor injuries.  No one in the ambulance was hurt, and they continued to work through the night.

Power crews are working Friday morning to repair two power poles, one of which is not related to the crash.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area while crews make those repairs.

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Private medic suspended for ‘protocol deviation’

Posted on 22 June 2012 by wyoskibum

EAST CHICAGO, IL | An emergency medical technician accused of performing procedures for which he was not certified during an ambulance call last month has been suspended by his employer.

“It was determined that a deviation from protocol had occurred” May 28 during the Indiana Harbor incident, Highland-based Prompt Ambulance Services acknowledged in a statement released late Thursday.

“This event, while regretful, did not result in any negative outcome on behalf of the patient, and the medic privileges have been suspended indefinitely.”

Prompt began supplying emergency medical services May 5 through a contract with East Chicago, after the city privatized its EMS department as a budget-reduction measure.

City firefighters filed a complaint earlier this month after they, police and a Prompt ambulance responded to a call regarding an unconscious man on the pavement shortly before 11 p.m. in the 3500 block of Guthrie Street. The 23-year-old patient had signs of a head injury, firefighters said in their complaint, and was conscious but disoriented when they arrived.

Prompt medics placed the man in their ambulance, firefighters said, and one of them, Joseph Merry Jr., inserted an intravenous line in the man’s arm and injected him with naloxone, a medication used to counteract the effects of opiate intoxication.

Merry, 30, Prompt’s director of operations and communication, is certified under state law only as a basic emergency medical technician; he is prohibited from initiating intravenous therapies.

To qualify as a full paramedic, basic-level EMTs need another 600 hours of classroom instruction, 300 hours of hospital training and 350 hours of ambulance experience, according to state statute.

A full paramedic was in the ambulance with Merry, Prompt officials said Thursday. The company’s contract with East Chicago stipulates that all emergency ambulance calls be staffed by at least one full paramedic.

Prompt officials said their investigation of the incident, conducted in conjunction with Gary-based Methodist Hospitals, the company’s sponsor and authority for employee certifications, determined the medic had acted “outside of (the) normal scope of practice.”

East Chicago is creating an advisory board for regular reviews of Prompt’s performance during its five-year contract.

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Oilfield worker killed, ambulance driver shaken after crash

Posted on 15 June 2012 by wyoskibum

SAN ANTONIO, TX – A 22-year-old oilfield worker was walking home early one morning this week when he was fatally struck by a private ambulance in an area of Interstate 35 notorious for poor lighting.

Emergency Medical Technician Janio Martinez was driving the Camino Real Ambulance back to Carrizo Springs after dropping off a patient at a San Antonio hospital just before 2 a.m. Sunday when he suddenly saw a man trying to cross the highway south of Moore in Frio County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“The ambulance driver didn’t really have any warning at all,” said Sgt. Robert Russell of DPS’ Pearsall office. “He was walking at the top of the hill’s crest, and the driver had no time to react.”

The ambulance crashed into Michael B. Davalos, who was wearing only shorts and a pair of shoes, Russell said, and appeared to be en route home.

Davalos, who worked for Haliburton, was pronounced dead at the scene. Martinez and his passenger Rick Veliz, also an EMT, were uninjured, but both were shaken up by the crash, said Angel Perez of the company’s public relations department.

“It was a big fright for both employees,” Perez said. Martinez “is one of the more responsible, more careful employees,” he added.

According to Perez, the 3 1/2-year employee was previously a lieutenant with the Zavala County Sheriff’s Office. Reached by phone, Martinez declined to comment and referred a reporter to his supervisor.

Camino Real drivers travel that stretch of I-35 every time they go to San Antonio, Perez said, and most know that the area is very dark.

“We’ve always noticed that,” he said. “This was an unfortunate incident, but it could have happened to anybody.”

Thousands of miles away, Sabastian Manzi awoke hours after the accident and read about the death of his best friend on MySA.com. Stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army, Manzi said he and Davalos, whom he called ‘Dovi,’ had been close for years.

Davalos moved around as a child in an Army family, Manzi said, but the two met through a mutual friend in high school and immediately clicked. Recent high school graduates, the two lived together and had planned on enlisting together, but Davalos was unable to.

“I know without a doubt if he was able to enlist with me during the final phases, my brother would still be here today and he wouldn’t have been wandering the interstate around 2 a.m.,” Manzi wrote in an email, adding that he joined the Army a year ago. The two last saw each other during Manzi’s visit home over Christmas.

“Me and him had a long, wild ride together,” he said, “and it’s still a shock to me that he is gone.”

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Ambulance involved in 3-vehicle crash

Posted on 15 June 2012 by wyoskibum

FREMONT, Wis. (WSAU) – A three-vehicle crash on Highway 10 in Waupaca County yesterday morning involved an ambulance that was taking a patient to a hospital in the Fox Valley.

The sheriff’s office says the driver of one vehicle rear ended another vehicle that was turning left. The car that caused the crash then hit the ambulance, which was in the right lane. Both vehicles rolled over.

The ambulance driver suffered minor injuries. The driver of the car that was rear ended was treated at the scene and released. The driver of the vehicle that caused the accident was taken to Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca.

The sheriff’s office did not have any word about the condition of the patient in the ambulance. Authorities only said the ambulance was on a non-emergency run.

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Car Accident Involves Ambulance

Posted on 11 June 2012 by wyoskibum

LAS VEGAS, NV — Metro Police report an ambulance was involved in an accident at Buffalo Drive and Washington Avenue Saturday evening.

According to police, a driver hit the ambulance and caused it to roll on its side. No one in the ambulance was injured. The driver of the other vehicle was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

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Ambulance fatally strikes pedestrian in Frio County

Posted on 11 June 2012 by wyoskibum

SAN ANTONIO, TX -

A pedestrian died Sunday after he was struck by an ambulance in Frio County.

Michael Davalos, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which took place on Interstate 35 in Frio County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

A communications operator said a 2010 Ford ambulance driven by a man from Crystal City was southbound on Interstate 35, headed up a hill, around 1:50 a.m. Just south of the city of Moore, the ambulance crashed into Davalos, an oilfield worker who was attempting to cross the interstate, according to DPS.

The speed limit at the scene of the crash is 75 mph.

It was not immediately clear where the ambulance, which stopped at the scene, originated, or whether the vehicle was en route to an emergency call. Calls attempting to reach the Pearsall-based trooper who investigated the crash were not successful Sunday.

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