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11 injured when ambulance, van collide in Hurricane

Posted on 29 July 2012 by wyoskibum

HURRICANE, UT – A child was critically injured and 10 other people were hurt when a van and an ambulance collided in Hurricane on Saturday night.

The Utah Highway Patrol said the ambulance was traveling with its lights and sirens on, transporting a patient from Colorado City, Ariz., to St. George when the crash happened on State Route 9 near 3400 West at about 8 p.m.

Inside the ambulance were a stroke victim, his wife and five crew members.

As the ambulance approached an intersection, a Swiss family — two adults and two children — turned left on a green light in front of the ambulance, the UHP said.

An 8-year-old girl sitting behind the van’s driver suffered the worst injuries of the 50 mph, T-bone crash. She was not breathing when emergency crews arrived. The child was taken to Dixie Regional and later to a Las Vegas hospital.

All other injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The stroke victim suffered a cut on his head and an EMT broke an arm, UHP said.

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Ambulance Accident on I-70 Slows Rush Hour Traffic

Posted on 29 July 2012 by wyoskibum

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An ambulance overturned near Noland Road on I-70 Friday afternoon, and brought the westbound interstate traffic to a standstill.

The ambulance was not carrying any patients  at the time and there were no reports of serious injuries.

It happened at about 3:30 p.m. on Friday and emergency and traffic crews were working to clear the scene.  At about 4:40 p.m., they opened all lanes.

Police have not released details of what caused the crash.

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Pregnant woman injured in Pike County ambulance crash

Posted on 29 July 2012 by wyoskibum

MONTGOMERY, AL – A pregnant woman was being transported to a Montgomery hospital to evaluate her injuries after a one-vehicle ambulance crash in Pike County, state troopers said.

Troopers at 3 p.m. were working the crash, which happened at the 85 mile marker on U.S. 231, Trooper Kevin Cook said.

There were three people injured, including the pregnant woman, but none of the injuries was considered life-threatening, Cook said.

The driver and a nurse who was traveling with the woman were taken to Troy Regional Medical Center.

Motorists should use caution when traveling in the area of the crash, Cook said.

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Stolen ambulance joyride caught on tape

Posted on 29 July 2012 by wyoskibum

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, authorities are searching for the man caught on camera stealing an ambulance.

At around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, EMTs were responding to a woman having a seizure at the Department of Public Welfare office on the 1900 block of New Hope Street, in Norristown, Pa., Thomas Trojansky of Montgomery County company Plymouth Ambulance said.

They were preparing to transport her when investigators say a man swiped the $140,000 van, fully stocked with medical supplies and equipment.

As he pulled out of the parking lot, a Norristown police officer passed the ambulance.

The man nervously checked his mirrors and kept going.

In surveillance video, two camera angles show the man speeding through traffic, passing vehicles and running red lights.

“The [suspect] who took the ambulance was driving with the lights activated driving through traffic, through red lights, risking a potential accident,” Trojansky said.

The suspected thief probably thought he had an edge on the ambulance company and authorities as he was monitoring the police radio, but he apparently didn’t realize a camera on the windshield was rolling.

Another ambulance on the scene rushed the patient to the hospital, but the company still had the task of finding its truck.

Thirty-five minutes later, police found the vehicle about a mile away in the parking lot of the Curran Terrace Garden apartments, but there was no sign of the suspected ambulance bandit.

“It could have been catastrophic. These vehicles are so heavy; he could have totaled anything with one of these trucks,” EMT Brendan Cameron of Plymouth Ambulance said.

Plymouth Ambulance says it appears the man drove around quite a bit before he ditched the van down the road.

Thanks to the crystal clear video, investigators say they believe they can identify him and make a quick arrest.

Norristown police are standing by waiting for tip calls.

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Jeep Driver in Serious Condition After Deadly Ambulance Crash

Posted on 29 July 2012 by wyoskibum

WARSAW, KY – A 22 year old Warsaw man who crashed head-on into a Gallatin County ambulance on Tuesday is now in serious condition but is not yet facing charges in the crash.  A dialysis patient, being taken by the ambulance to an area clinic for treatment, was killed and two paramedics suffered injuries.

The crash happened on Tuesday morning near Glencoe.

Officials tell Local 12 that the ambulance was on a non-emergency run-without lights and sirens-going south on US 127 near Tapering Point Road around 10 a.m.  The ambulance was taking the dialysis patient, identified as 59 year old John Little of Dry Ridge, to Florence.

Officers say a Jeep Cherokee, whose driver was allegedly fleeing the scene of a previous accident, came at the ambulance from the opposite direction and hit it head-on at “highway speed.” The ambulance ended up resting upside down.  Little later died at the hospital.

The paramedic driving the ambulance tried to pull off the two-lane road but could not avoid being hit head-on by the jeep SUV.

Kentucky state police identify the jeep driver as 22-year old Hunter LeGrand of Warsaw. “At this time, preliminary investigation indicates drugs were involved.”

A few minutes before hitting the ambulance, police say Legrand drove his car off of Johnson Road, a few miles away.  He then knocked down a utility line connector and actually knocked some wires down. Kentucky Tpr. Brad Aterburn says, “The Gallatin County dispatcher had received a previous call of reckless driving. The driver had hit a telephone pole and a mailbox on a different road. He was well across the center line on this road. I’m not sure if speed was a factor, though.”

LeGrand had to be pried out of his vehicle, which took more than 20 minutes. He and the EMT in the back of the ambulance-identified as 25-year-old David Waltz of Carrollton-were taken by helicopter to University Hospital. The EMT driving, 21-year-old Justin Shields of Ghent, was taken by ambulance.

The medical conditions of Waltz and Shields have not been released by police.

Charges against LeGrand are expected, but they have not been filed yet. Kentucky State Police say they are awaiting the results of drug tests.

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Ambulance Carrying a Patient Involved in Springfield Accident

Posted on 29 July 2012 by wyoskibum

Springfield, Mass. (WGGB) — Police responded to Chestnut and Worthington Streets in Springfield for an accident there involving an American Medical Response vehicle and a van.

According to Police Lt. Alberto Ayala, AMR was involved in a car accident on those streets and they were carrying a patient on board.

The call was received at 9:19 p.m.

At this time the circumstances on how this crash occurred have not been made immediately available.

No word yet on if anyone was injured.

Stay tuned to ABC40 News on air at 11 p.m. and on the web for the latest on this story.

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No one hurt in Virginia Beach ambulance crash

Posted on 29 July 2012 by wyoskibum

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA– An ambulance carrying a patient crashed into another car, but police say no one was hurt.

Saturday around 6:48 p.m., the Princess Anne Courthouse volunteer ambulance hit a sedan at the intersection of Indian Lakes Rd and Ferrell Pkwy.

Both cars were damaged, and a tow truck pulled the ambulance away. However, police say no one was injured.

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Woman arrested for assaulting pregnant paramedic

Posted on 20 July 2012 by wyoskibum

AUSTIN, TX — Police have arrested a woman for assaulting two paramedics last week.

According to a police affidavit, the incident happened on Friday July 13 just before 2 p.m. Two female paramedics with Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services were called to a house on Galewood Drive where a woman reportedly cut herself.

When they arrived the woman, identified as 38-year-old Elizabeth Moreno, demanded to be taken to a veteran’s hospital in Temple.

When the paramedics told Moreno they could not transfer her, she became angry and confrontational. One of the paramedics told police she stood in front of her co-worker who is pregnant to try and protect her. Moreno then kicked the pregnant paramedic in the side of her stomach.

Moreno then yelled at the other paramedic before punching her on the side of the face.

Police were called to the scene to assist. Moreno was arrested for assault on a public servant, a third degree felony. Her bond has been set at $20,000.

EMS officials say being a paramedic is a dangerous job, and it’s getting more dangerous all the time.

“Any 911 call you go to, you never know what to expect when you knock on that door or when you go come around that alley,” said EMS Commander Welsey Hopkins. “So that keen situational awareness is paramount for our paramedics.”
Hopkins tells KVUE one of the reasons he believes these kinds of attacks are happening more often is there are more dangerous drugs on the streets.
“As the drugs evolve and people get into bath salts and things like that, those synthetic drugs, the propensity for violence certainly goes up when they’re just not oriented, and they don’t know what they’re doing,” said Hopkins.
Another Austin/Travis County paramedic was recently kicked in the throat by a patient high on bath salts.
Between January of 2008 and Monday, there have been 75 reports of paramedics assaulted by someone they’ve tried to help. So far this year, nine paramedics have been hurt by a patient.
Hopkins says paramedics are taught to protect themselves in a potentially violent scenario by trying to defuse a tense situation. They talk to the patient, empathizing with them and trying to keep them calm.
They’re also taught how to restraint a patient as a last resort.

 

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Road reopened after ambulance crashes into car while responding to medical call

Posted on 20 July 2012 by wyoskibum

SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI — An ambulance responding to a potential emergency medical call crashed into a black Pontiac Grand Prix at the intersection of State and Center today, police said.

The crash happened at 4 p.m. and the scene was cleared by 4:45 p.m.
A Mobile Medical Response ambulance was responding with sirens on to a medical call while southbound on North Center, turning left on a red light onto State, when it collided with the westbound Grand Prix heading through the intersection, Saginaw Township police said.
The driver of the Grand Prix may not have seen the ambulance because of traffic and its lane position, police said.
A witness at the scene said the drivers of both vehicles got out to apologize for the accident right after it happened.
The driver of the Grand Prix, the single occupant, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Two medical responders and a medical student in the ambulance were not injured, police said.
The intersection was partially blocked by the ambulance that was on its side and the car that sustained front-end damage.
A second ambulance responded to the medical call, police said.
The crash remains under investigation, police said.

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Ambulance Struck When Driver Fails to Yield

Posted on 20 July 2012 by wyoskibum

WHITESBORO, NJ — A Cape May Court House Rescue Squad ambulance, en route to Cape Regional Medical Center (CRMC) with a patient on board, was struck by an SUV which had failed to come to a full stop as the ambulance made its way north on Route 9.

The accident, which occurred Thu., July 12 at 4:37 p.m., at the intersection of Route 9 and Main Street resulted in the driver of the ambulance, Joseph Sims, 48, of Erma suffered an injured shoulder. An crew member was sent to the hospital with minor injuries sustained when the ambulance’s airbag deployed.

According to police, the emergency vehicle, its lights and siren operational, was traveling north on Route 9 toward CRMC. As the vehicle made its way across Main Street, traffic cleared to allow passage.

Two cars pulled onto the shoulder of the highway, allowing the ambulance to pass. One car came to a full stop; a second car pulled over, but continued to drive forward along the shoulder of the road. The second car, a black 1998 Chevrolet Blazer, operated by John Kalin, 21, of North Wildood, struck the rear end of the stopped car and then lunged back into the roadway, striking the ambulance as it drove by.

“One vehicle stopped, like he was supposed to,” said Capt. John Edwards. “Another vehicle pulled over but was going to ride the shoulder.”

Edwards said the patient in the back of the ambulance was uninjured and was immediately transferred to another vehicle for transport to the hospital.

The driver of the first vehicle, which was struck in the rear, drove off from the scene and remains unknown.

The accident remains under investigation by Middle Township police.

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AMBULANCE DRUGS STOLEN

Posted on 14 July 2012 by wyoskibum

FREDERICKSBERG, MD – Narcotics and sedatives have been reported stolen from Spotsylvania County ambulances for the fourth time this year, despite efforts to prevent thefts.

This past weekend, morphine and Versed went missing from three ambulances at stations at Salem Church and Salem Fields. It’s unclear how much of each drug was stolen.

The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office is investigating the thefts, but wouldn’t provide detailed information.  “They’ve been doing everything they possibly can to solve this for us,” said Kevin Dillard, spokesman for Chancellor Volunteer Fire and Rescue, which helps staff the two stations.

In April and May, Versed, morphine and other drugs to treat patients were stolen in three incidents at Chancellor-area stations.

The county Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency  Management responded by having select supervisors manage the drugs while it changed locks to medication compartments in every ambulance.

Officials also added separate lock boxes in ambulances for morphine and Versed.

The county returned the drugs to ambulances after issuing new keys for the medication containers to about 50 career and volunteer crew members with advanced training, said Eric Lasky, a deputy chief  of Chancellor Fire and Rescue.

“We truly hoped that that would help answer some of the problems,” said Lasky, who serves on the county’s Fire and EMS Commission.

After the latest thefts, the drugs were again put under the control of select supervisors, he said.

Lasky said the Sheriff’s Office has interviewed career and volunteer personnel and has administered polygraph tests.

Versed is a brand name for midazolam, which is used to produce drowsiness and to relieve anxiety before surgery or other procedures. Morphine is a narcotic pain reliever used to treat moderate to severe pain.

The county plans to purchase an electronic lock box system for ambulances to store drugs at a cost of $30,000 to $50,000, said Deputy Fire Chief Scott Hechler. The technology will identify who accessed the drugs and when.

“It just provides more accountability,” Hechler said.

Lasky, the Chancellor volunteer, said officials believe the thefts occurred on Sunday. Chancellor volunteers were staffing both stations, and one of the stations also had some career personnel, he said.

But Lasky said none of the on-duty volunteers had keys to the medication compartments.

Career personnel reported the missing drugs Monday during routine equipment inspections, Spotsylvania spokeswoman Kathy Smith said.

Hechler, the deputy fire chief, announced news of the thefts at a fire and rescue commission meeting this week.

“I was stunned,” said Mark Kuechler, a volunteer who is on the fire and rescue commission.

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1 hurt in crash with ambulance on Del. 141

Posted on 14 July 2012 by wyoskibum

FAIRFAX, DE – The driver of a car was injured this morning in a collision with an ambulance on northbound Del. 141 in Fairfax.

The accident happened around 8 a.m. at the Childrens Drive intersection.

The 51-year-old driver of the car was taken to Wilmington Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, state police said.

The Talleyville ambulance involved in the crash had no patient on board at the time and ambulance crew was not injured, Sgt. Paul Shavack said.

Police are still investigating the accident.

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Ambulance Crashes into Concrete Divider

Posted on 14 July 2012 by wyoskibum

OMAHA, NE – Sarpy County investigators spent hours looking into why an ambulance crashed into a concrete divider on Highway 75 and flipped on its side.

It happened before 5pm Wednesday on Highway 75 and LaPlatte Road just north of the Platte River.

Traffic was backed up for more than two hours.

According to the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, the ambulance from Murray was headed to a metro hospital with an injured woman who had just been in a car crash, when it came into contact with a sedan at the intersection.

The front axle came off the rescue squad.

The injured woman was locked down on a gurney so she was sideways and still in place when the ambulance flipped.

There were two EMT’s in the squad plus a driver. All but one of the EMT’s needed another ambulance to be checked out.

They left in serious conditions.

Investigators are trying to determine how the traffic signals were when the ambulance came through the intersection.

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Injured hiker turns rescuer after paramedic is hit by helicopter rotor

Posted on 14 July 2012 by wyoskibum

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a remote stretch of rugged granite landscape in Shasta Trinity Forest, Air Force Maj. Jeremy Kilburn, a 34-year-old critical care pulmonologist, broke his leg while hiking last week.

He required rescue by helicopter — and instead, he became part of a team of rescuers helping save a grievously injured California Highway Patrol paramedic named Tony Stanley.

“The doctor endured excruciating pain to help our officer,” said CHP Lt. Scott Fredrick, who is based in Redding. “The doctor really wanted to help.

“He fell down and rolled a bit to make his way to our officer.”

The incident began Thursday when Kilburn and a companion — Dan Grasso, Kilburn’s best friend from the time they were 4-year-olds in Buffalo, N.Y. — were hiking near Big Bear Lake.

With his young German shepherd, Virgil, Kilburn had driven from Las Vegas to San Jose to pick up Grasso, an electrical engineer in Silicon Valley. After traveling up the coast, they hiked to Big Bear Lake on Wednesday and planned to spend Thursday circling near the lake.

Mid-hike that day, Virgil pushed the back of Kilburn’s leg a little too hard, causing him to fall several feet, breaking his left leg and dislocating his right ankle.

“I reset the leg and took my boot off and sat down,” Kilburn said by phone from Nellis Air Force Base. “It was pretty messed up.”

A hiker who came along headed downhill for help, and Kilburn and Grasso waited for the help they knew would take hours to arrive.

Several hours into their wait, two counselors and eight junior high- and high school-aged campers from Palo Alto’s Camp Unalayee hiked through the area. The counselors, Bryce Harbert and Elizabeth Fitch, radioed their base camp to call for help by satellite phone.

“It was awesome how great these people were,” said Kilburn. “They took my pack, and they looked after Virgil.”

And they waited with Kilburn and Grasso while help slowly made its way the 40 miles from Redding. By 6:30 p.m., a CHP helicopter piloted by Officer Brian Henderson circled and circled the nearby valley before spotting a small flat spot 100 feet below the injured doctor.

Kilburn was facing away from the helicopter.

“None of us thought he’d be able to land the helicopter,” he said. “It was a brilliantly executed landing. The kids were cheering when the pilot finally cut the engine. And then I heard the kids saying, ’Oh, my God! Oh, my God! It’s terrible!’

“My friend says, ’Dude, this guy got hit in the head with the main rotor.’

“I said, ’Get me down there immediately.’ I was trying to run with one leg. It was a nightmare getting down there.”

Together, all of them saved a life.

Stanley, the paramedic, was hit by the main rotor rushing to rescue Kilburn. At Stanley’s request, CHP officials declined to release more details about the extent of what happened to him.

Trained in wilderness assistance, camp counselors Harbert and Fitch — who were not available for comment — provided basic first aid, said the CHP’s Fredrick. Henderson, the pilot, helped familiarize Kilburn with the helicopter’s medical equipment. With Fitch helping the injured Stanley breathe by airbag, Kilburn hooked him up to the appropriate monitors.

It took all of them, as well as Grasso, to position a cervical collar on Stanley to protect his spine and neck, then lift him onto the helicopter.

Stanley, 40, a 10-year CHP veteran, remained unconscious, said Kilburn.

“I struggled onto the helicopter myself,” said Kilburn. “I’m not gonna lie to you. It was really, really painful.”

With Fitch on board to act as flight nurse, keeping pressure on Stanley’s wound, and Kilburn ventilating him and keeping an eye on the monitors, they flew to Redding’s Mercy General Hospital.

“He was in the trauma bay next to me,” said Kilburn. “I was keyed in to what was happening to him.”

Stanley, who remains hospitalized, has requested the CHP not release information on his condition, said Fredrick.

Grasso and Virgil hiked safely down the mountain, Kilburn said.

Now Kilburn has returned to Nellis, where he is the federal medical center’s intensive care unit director. He awaits surgery next week, once the swelling subsides on his deeply sunburned leg.

He worries that his recovery will delay his first overseas deployment, which had been scheduled for the fall. And he doesn’t think he should be the focus of the story: He was doing what he’s trained to do, broken leg and all.

“But my friend and the camp counselors, they’re not medical people,” he said. “That situation is my comfort zone, even though it’s not what I expected in the wilderness.

“But for them, they conducted themselves in an astonishing way.”

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