Archive | August, 2012

9/11 First Responder Dies In Ambulance Crash

Posted on 28 August 2012 by wyoskibum

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fire officials say a Monday crash involving a car and an ambulance in Eltingville, Staten Island killed a local paramedic who was a September 11th first responder and another driver and injured two other people.

According to police, a BMW traveling north on Hylan Boulevard towards Winchester Avenue shortly after 7 p.m. crossed the median and hit a Staten Island University Hospital ambulance traveling south.

The driver of the BMW flew out of the car upon impact and was declared dead on the scene, while the ambulance flipped on its side.

FDNY officials said the 58-year-old paramedic, who was driving the ambulance, was pinned inside the vehicle and then brought to SIUH, where he was declared dead.

An emergency medical worker and the patient being transported to the hospital received minor injuries and were brought to SIUH in stable condition.

“It hit the ambulance and they went head on. And all the bodies came out of the car. And they were basically laying in the street all, bad. Very bad.”

Fire officials said the paramedic had worked for the FDNY from 1981 to 2006.

Police were still investigating the incident late Monday.


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Ambulance stolen in East Dallas

Posted on 28 August 2012 by wyoskibum

DALLAS, TX - A man was arrested late Sunday night after police say he stole an ambulance so he could drive to a relative’s house.

About 11 p.m., the ambulance was dispatched to the 2800 block of Peavy Rd., near Buckner Blvd. But when paramedics arrived at the address, they couldn’t find anyone who needed help.

The paramedic left the ambulance parked with the ignition on while they searched for any potential victims. While they were looking, Dallas police say a man on crutches got into the unlocked ambulance and drove away.

The paramedics immediately called police and got them to start following the ambulance using its GPS-based automatic vehicle tracking system.

A squad car followed the vehicle until it stopped in the 1800 block of Alaska Ave in south Dallas, about 12 miles away.

As the man parked the ambulance, officers swooped in and arrested him.

The man, who was using crutches, told officers he needed to get to his grandmother’s house.

Police arrested him for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.



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Two people injured in Florence ambulance crash

Posted on 28 August 2012 by wyoskibum

FLORENCE, S.C. – Two people were injured when their Chevrolet minivan collided with a Timmonsville Rescue Squad ambulance Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Church and Cheves Streets.
The ambulance was en route to a call from a Florence hospital when it stopped at Church Street, the driver looked both ways and then proceeded through the intersection, Maj. Carlos Raines, Florence Police Department, said.

The ambulance had its emergency lights and siren on when the north-bound minivan hit the ambulance in the left rear, he said.

The three people on board the rescue squad were uninjured while two in the minivan were taken by Florence County EMS to a nearby hospital for treatment, Raines said.

The accident report cited the minivan driver for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, he said.


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Shooting victim crashes into ambulance

Posted on 28 August 2012 by wyoskibum

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A person was shot outside a convenience store on Sunday and the victim’s car proceeded to crash into an ambulance, police say.

Police said that the driver of a car was shot multiple times outside the Stop and Save convenience store at 859 Albany Avenue. The incident happened shortly before noon Sunday.

Surveillance video showed a man approach the victim’s car and he fired several rounds into the vehicle.

The victim’s car left the parking lot and crashed into an ambulance that was traveling on Albany Avenue.

Footage from the surveillance video also showed a passenger of the car jumping out of the vehicle and walking away from the scene with the shooting suspect.

The victim was uncooperative with officers.

Police believe that the victim’s injuries were non-life threatening.


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Ambulance Collision Leaves 4 Hospitalized

Posted on 28 August 2012 by wyoskibum

LAREDO, TX – An accident between an ambulance and a passenger vehicle leads to four people being sent to the hospital and major congestion in the area.

It happened around one this afternoon at the intersection of Loop 20 and McPherson.
According to first responders, four people who were in a private ambulance and one person in a passenger vehicle collided.

At this point it is not known who caused the accident.
The ambulance flipped over on its side, which was carrying one patient, a relative of that patient and two EMT’s.

Those four people were taken to doctor’s hospital in stable condition.

The driver of the other car involved did not want medical attention.

Since the accident happened in a busy intersection traffic was at a stand still for quite some time.


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Romney ambulance demolished in car crash

Posted on 28 August 2012 by wyoskibum

ROMNEY, W.Va. — The driver of a Honda Civic that collided with a Romney Rescue Squad ambulance late Thursday on U.S. Route 50 in the Capon Bridge area suffered serious injuries. Three occupants of the ambulance were treated and released.

According to West Virginia State Police, who investigated the accident, Kevin Fagga and Kerri Richardson were passengers in the ambulance, which was driven by Charles Iman. The driver of the Honda Civic was Jeremy Hott of Augusta, police said.

Hott was taken to the Winchester (Va.) Medical Center following the 11 p.m. crash that occurred in the Cooper Mountain area, according to Romney Resue Squad Chief Donnie Smith.

Police said the other injured were taken to Hampshire Memorial Hospital.

Three ambulances arrived to the scene from Romney, Augusta and Slanesville rescue squads, according to the Hampshire County 911 center.

Smith said a 1999 Ford E-350 ambulance — a first-line advanced life support unit with 86,000 miles — was demolished upon impact.

“We are looking at a loss in the ballpark of $100,000 not counting all of the equipment. This will impact our service. There are times when we have all three first-line ambulances on the road. So now we will have to use mutual aid companies when that happens,” said Smith.

The Romney Rescue Squad averages 80 to 90 calls every month, Smith said.

The totaled ambulance —Unit 1170 — was one of two advanced life support units operated by the all-volunteer Romney Rescue Squad that has about 40 members and typical answers calls with three or four volunteers on board the ambulance in answering emergency calls.

Founded in 1975, the Romney Rescue Squad is a nonprofit organization that relies solely on funds derived from billing of patients’ insurance providers.

Romney Rescue Squad’s service area includes the city and  surrounding area of Romney and its response area extends on U.S. Route 50 to the east to Shanks, west on U.S. Route 50 to Junction and on state Route 28 to Crystal Valley outside Romney, according to the chief.

Late Friday morning, Smith worked to obtain a replacement ambulance for the squad as quickly as possible.

“We started the process with the insurance company through our agent and we are waiting to hear back them. But you are looking at — from the time you start the process and select and order a new ambulance to the time of delivery — nine months to a year,” said Smith.

Smith is an 18-year member of the Romney Rescue Squad who has served as its chief since 2007.


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Antioch: Man hit by ambulance after running onto Highway 4 believed to have committed suicide

Posted on 28 August 2012 by wyoskibum

ANTIOCH, CA  – A man who was killed after running onto Highway 4 and being hit by an ambulance Sunday night is believed to have committed suicide, authorities said Monday.

The man, a 62-year-old Brentwood resident, reportedly pulled his own car over to the shoulder and ran out into the roadway on eastbound Highway 4 at the Oakley Curve in Antioch at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

He was apparently struck by an ambulance, and officers responding to the scene found the man lying in the roadway. He was declared dead a short time later.

No one else was reported injured in the crash.



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Ambulance overturns; paramedics, patient hurt

Posted on 22 August 2012 by wyoskibum

BOWLING GREEN, KY – A Logan County ambulance ran off Franklin Road and overturned at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a release from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.

Logan County paramedic Seth Williford and a patient not named by the department were flown by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for their injuries, the release said. Paramedic Chris Bell was taken to Logan Memorial Hospital for his injuries, the release said, adding that all three patients were listed in good condition.

Williford was discharged Sunday from Vanderbilt, a spokeswoman for the hospital said today.

The Russellville Police Department also responded to the accident, and it remains under investigation by Sgt. Jeff Sanford of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, the release said.



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Colonial Beach rescue squad crashes in K.G.

Posted on 22 August 2012 by wyoskibum

FREDRICKSBURG, VA – An ambulance from the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad crashed Sunday night when the driver ran off the road, overcorrected and the vehicle came to rest on the driver’s side, according to Virginia State Police.

The crash happened at 9:05 p.m. on State Route 3 near Lagrange Lane in King George County. No patients were in the rescue squad.

The driver, Alexandra Nance, 24, was trapped in the vehicle for about an hour and had to be extricated, said Sgt. Thomas Molnar. She suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital. She was wearing her safety belt, Molnar said.

Police say she was heading eastbound on Route 3 when she ran off the right side of the roadway and overcorrected. The ambulance crossed back over the road and struck an embankment causing it to overturn and come to rest on the driver’s side.

Two other rescue squad members, Robert Eaby, 41, and Michael Nance, 30, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and were taken by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital. Eaby is the pastor of Cornerstone Chapel in King George.

The crash remains under investigation. If the accident was due to driver negligence, the squad will take “appropriate action,” said Colonial Beach Rescue Squad Chief Wesley Melson.

He added that the driver was doing the speed limit and that the ambulance didn’t have any mechanical failures. He wasn’t sure how the crash happened.

“It just seems like an accident,” he said.

Alexandra Nance, who’s married to Michael Nance, one of the two passengers, has been driving for about two years and had no other incidents, Melson said.

She was released from the hospital this morning, but both passengers remain hospitalized and are being treated for broken bones.

The three-person crew started their shift at 6 p.m. Sunday and were returning to Colonial Beach after taking a patient to the hospital in Fredericksburg, Melson said.

An initial report on Twitter said a passenger had been ejected from the ambulance, but Melson said that wasn’t the case. Eaby crawled out of the vehicle and was in a field when other rescuers arrived.

Melson thanked the units that responded to the crash, including several vehicles from King George, White Oak and the Colonial Beach Fire Department, which helped with extrication.

“These crew members are like family, and we are so thankful that they will recover fully and be able to rejoin our team,” Melson said.



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Pedestrian Hit, Killed By Ambulance On Highway 4 In Antioch

Posted on 22 August 2012 by wyoskibum

ANTIOCH, CA — A pedestrian who died after being struck by an ambulance on state Highway 4 in Antioch late Sunday was identified by the Contra Costa County coroner’s office Monday as Michael Moore, 62, of Brentwood.

Moore was struck at about 11:30 p.m. after he ran into the path of the ambulance on eastbound Highway 4 just east of A Street, California Highway Patrol Officer F. Meranda said.

The American Medical Response ambulance was traveling about 65 mph in the fast lane when the driver saw a man, later identified as Moore, get out of a white Hyundai Tiburon that was parked on the side of the freeway, Meranda said.

The man ran across lanes and into the path of the ambulance, Meranda said. The driver braked but was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting Moore.

The ambulance stopped at the scene and the crew attempted to administer medical aid to Moore. A second ambulance was called in, but Moore was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators were still looking into why Moore ran into traffic, but Meranda said it did not appear alcohol or drugs played a role in the incident.

No one else was injured in the collision.



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Ambulance carrying patient caught fire

Posted on 22 August 2012 by wyoskibum

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – An ambulance carrying a patient caught fire Monday morning after a head-on collision.

Lafayette police tell NewsChannel 18 the ambulance was traveling southbound on 26th Street when it collided head-on with an SUV.

The ambulance was transporting a patient, but police tell us everyone, including the patient, escaped the accident with no injuries.



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Tahoe collides with Creek County ambulance

Posted on 22 August 2012 by wyoskibum

SAPULPA, Okla. – Several were injured after a vehicle and a Creek County ambulance collided in Sapulpa Saturday.

Sapulpa police say the driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe ran a red light and collided with the ambulance near New Sapulpa Road and 96 th Street South.

The driver of the Tahoe had to be extracted and was taken to the hospital in critical condition, police said.  Three others in the Tahoe were also injured. Their conditions are not known.

The driver and passenger in the ambulance only suffered minor injuries.

No word on whether any citations will be issued.



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Former paramedic accused of taking drugs meant for patients

Posted on 22 August 2012 by wyoskibum

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. — A former long-time Lancaster County paramedic is accused of taking drugs that were meant for his patients.

Greg Robinson, 51, is charged with possession of a controlled substance. The arrest warrant alleges that from December 2011 to early January 2012, Robinson took 10 vials of morphine from a locked cabinet in a supervisor’s office at the main EMS station on Pageland Highway.

The warrant says that three of those vials were later found in Robinson’s office, empty.

Robinson turned himself in Thursday after a SLED investigation that lasted more than six months.

“An outstanding employee.  You just hate to see it,” said Lancaster County administrator Steve Willis. Willis said Robinson had worked for the county since 1984, and was honored by the state of South Carolina at least three times as paramedic of the year.

“We learned of the allegations shortly after he retired,” Willis said.

Robinson left his job at the county Jan. 1 of this year. According to the warrant, it appears the incidents took place within the last few days of his employment.

On Friday afternoon, EMS employees told Channel 9 they were not allowed to comment on Robinson’s arrest.

The EMS department has had a rocky relationship with Lancaster County officials over the past few years.

There have been three different directors since 2008, and Robinson had filled in as interim director.

There was also a lawsuit filed against the county in 2010 over how paramedics were paid overtime.

Because Robinson was a county employee, SLED agents handled the investigation and made the arrest.

Robinson is out of jail on a $20,000 bond.



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Ambulance catches fire next to fire station

Posted on 22 August 2012 by wyoskibum

ROGERSVILLE, AL - Firefighters with the Rogersville Volunteer Fire Department were called to a fire at their own  station early Friday morning.

According to their post on Facebook, an ambulance parked beside the station caught on fire. Firefighters were on the scene in about a minute and put out the blaze quickly.

The crew was able to keep the fire from spreading to the fire station and the satellite business next door.



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