Archive | November, 2012

Ambulance driver dies in crash on northern NY road; 2 EMS crew members, patient injured

Posted on 30 November 2012 by wyoskibum

ALTONA, N.Y. — Authorities say the driver of a volunteer ambulance had a fatal heart attack, causing an accident in northern New York that left two medical crew members and a patient hospitalized.

State police say 45-year-old Eric Monty of Mooers was driving the Champlain EMS ambulance when it ran off the road at a curve and hit a ditch and an embankment around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday in the town of Altona, near the Canadian border.

Monty was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ambulance crew members Susan Roberts and Peter Coulombe and patient Gary Lamarche were injured.

Roberts and Lamarche are in stable condition at the Plattsburgh hospital. Coulombe is in critical condition at a hospital in Burlington, Vt.



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College Station Ambulance Stolen

Posted on 30 November 2012 by wyoskibum

COLLEGE STATION, TX – On 11/26/12 at about 1501 hours, College Station police officers were dispatched to the area of Jones Butler Road and Harvey Mitchell Parkway South in reference to a major accident. While responding to the area, officers were advised that one of the vehicles involved was stolen out of Bryan.

Bryan Police Department advised that the suspect shoplifted from the Q Beauty at 506 N. Texas Avenue. As he fled the store, the suspect set off the theft detection system. It is unknown what was taken. The suspect then went to CARQUEST at 410 N. Texas Avenue and stole a CARQUEST delivery car from their parking lot that had the keys in it. As the suspect was driving the stolen vehicle, he hit another vehicle at W. Villa Maria Road and Wellborn Road and fled the scene of the accident. A witness followed until the suspect was involved in a second crash at Jones Butler Road and Harvey Mitchell Parkway South.

College Station Fire Department arrived at Jones Butler Road and Harvey Mitchell Parkway South and began checking the drivers for injuries. Before officers arrived on scene, the suspect entered and stole the ambulance, driving toward Holleman Drive. As the suspect was fleeing the area, he drove through the drive-thru of McDonald’s at George Bush Drive and Marion Pugh Drive, striking a concrete pillar resulting in a third crash. Officers searched the area and the ambulance was located at the intersection of Holleman Drive and Carolina Street. The suspect was then taken into custody without incident at that location. Non-incapacitating injuries were reported.

The suspect has been identified as 28 year old Coty Joe Lohse of Bryan. Lohse is currently being charged with first degree felony theft due to the value of the ambulance being approximately $250,000. The case remains under investigation.



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Ambulance involved in Dunmore crash

Posted on 30 November 2012 by wyoskibum

DUNMORE, PA – An ambulance responding to a call on the O’Neill Highway was involved in a four-car crash at Dunmore Corners that sent a 2-year-old baby and its mother to the hospital.

A Lackawanna Ambulance was traveling North on South Blakely Street at about 7:30 p.m. when it collided with a vehicle turning onto Drinker Street, causing a chain reaction, hitting two additional vehicles, borough Police Chief Patrick Reese said.

The woman driving the first vehicle and her 2-year-old, along with the driver of the ambulance, were all transported to Geisinger Community Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, Chief Reese said.



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SUV driver killed in crash with Houston ambulance

Posted on 30 November 2012 by wyoskibum

HOUSTON, TX - One person died and seven others were injured, including firemen, after a SUV crashed into a Houston Fire Department ambulance near downtown Monday.

Police said the ambulance was parked with its emergency lights on in the 2400 block of Holman near Dowling streets at 4:25 a.m. when Amwar Jackson lost control of his SUV and slammed into the ambulance head-on.

“He was going at a very high rate of speed,” said Kerry Shaw with the Houston Police Department. “I can’t give you a number, but the speed limit is 30 right here, and he was doing well above that, I’m sure.”

Jackson, 30, died instantly.

Three firefighters in the ambulance and two others in a HFD vehicle parked behind the ambulance were also taken to the hospital.

“It was a very violent impact. That’s why so many people went to the hospital because they were standing and sitting above — not restrained, tending to the patient, which is normal to do when you are working on a patient,” Shaw said. “The most severe injury we are being told right now is that one of the firemen has a broken leg.”

The patient in the ambulance and a relative sitting in the front seat of the ambulance were also taken to a hospital. The patient was suffering from chest pains when the ambulance was called.



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Mingo County, WV paramedic killed in ambulance crash

Posted on 30 November 2012 by wyoskibum

MINGO COUNTY, Wv. (WYMT/WSAZ) – Family and friends are mourning the loss of a paramedic, killed in a weekend crash

Chris Staggs, 35, of Lenore, was a STAT emergency medical services employee stationed in Williamson in Mingo County. Officials say Staggs had a seizure and crashed his ambulance.

Staggs hit a wall along 4th Avenue, then went up on a sidewalk, collided with the steps of a church and then crashed into an awning of a business and finally ended up smashing into home on 5th Avenue.

Staggs was taken to the hospital but later died from his injuries.



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Stat ambulance involved in accident

Posted on 30 November 2012 by wyoskibum

WILLIAMSON, WV – A Saturday morning accident involving a STAT Ambulance is being attributed to a medical condition.

Patrolman Jeff Taylor with the Williamson Police Department said Chris Staggs of Lenore was traveling east on 4th Avenue near the Sacred Heart Catholic Church when he lost control, apparently due to a seizure.

The ambulance he was driving struck a wall on the street, then the steps of the church, then the awning of the Beltone hearing aid office on 4th Avenue.

The vehicle then crossed the street, coming to rest after it went through the parking lot of the church and crashed into a home on rear 5th Avenue, Taylor said.

Staggs was transported to Williamson Memorial Hospital. A fellow driver STAT employee, L.C. Blankenship, Jr., was also treated at WMH. Their conditions were unknown at press time.

The accident remains under investigation by the WPD.



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2 Hospitalized After Car Strikes Ambulance, Rolls

Posted on 30 November 2012 by wyoskibum

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Two people are in area hospitals after the car they were driving sideswiped an Annapolis City ambulance, lost control and rolled over several times.

The ambulance and car were both traveling outbound on Route 665  about 4:30am this morning when the car failed to merge into the right lane (this is where 665 narrows from 3 lanes to 2 just past Chinquapin Round Road), striking the ambulance.

There was minor damage to the ambulance. One patient was transported to shock-trauma via ground and the other was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center.

There is no update on the condition of the victims or on the cause of the accident.



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3 killed in Brunswick police pursuit crash

Posted on 23 November 2012 by wyoskibum

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Three people were killed early Tuesday morning in a crash between a car being pursued by Glynn County police and a private ambulance.

The Georgia State Patrol said the crash happened just before 1 a.m. on Golden Isle Parkway near Cypress Mill Road.

Troopers said the Toyota driven by 29-year-old Candice Smith rear-ended the ambulance at a high speed, killing her and two passengers, 33-year-olds Corey Lee Lemon and Cedric Daniels. All are from Brunswick. None were wearing seat belts.

The ambulance is owned by Southside Community Fire Protection Inc. of Savannah. The driver was not hurt.

A second ambulance employee and a patient received minor injuries.

Police said an officer saw the car stopped at a stop sign and not moving for several minutes, and he put his spotlight on the car. The driver had her head down, and when the light hit her, she took off, police said.

The pursuit lasted about five miles at speeds over 100 mph, police said. They estimated the car was going about 100 mph when it slammed into the ambulance.



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Off-duty paramedic witnesses fiery crash, saves driver’s life

Posted on 23 November 2012 by wyoskibum

SAN ANTONIO, TX – A paramedic is being called a hero after witnessing a fiery car crash Saturday night and saving the driver’s life.

Andrew Cortez was off duty and driving on Loop 410 near McCullough when another car hit the center divide and caught on fire.

He says instincts kicked in as he rushed to break that car’s window and pull the man to safety.

“He wasn’t responding,” Cortez says. “He wasn’t breathing. I checked him and he didn’t have a pulse.”

Cortez started performing CPR just as another Good Samaritan came to help. He says he doesn’t know her name – just that she works in the medical field and was able to assist with CPR.

The accident backed up the highway for miles. In the middle of all that traffic, Cortez and the woman kept the chest compressions going until the ambulance arrived.

Cortez says he was just doing his job.

“That’s just what we do,” Cortez says. “Right now the heroes are in Afghanistan. That’s the way I look at it.”

The victim, a 57-year-old man, is now in stable condition at a local hospital.


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2 dead, 6 hurt in ambulance crash, police car crash and shooting in Newark

Posted on 23 November 2012 by wyoskibum

NEWARK, NJ — A fatal ambulance crash, a fatal shooting and then a collision between police cruisers left two people dead and six injured during a chaotic 45 minutes in Newark’s West Ward this morning.

Although the first crash was unrelated to the other incidents, the police car collision involved officers heading to the scene of the shooting.

The mayhem began around 11 a.m. when a Chrysler Pacifica crashed into an ambulance at South Orange Avenue and South 9th Street, sparking a chain-reaction car wreck that also involved a food truck and a county transportation bus, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray.

The crash killed 30-year-old Montclair resident Keith Chipepo, an employee of the private ambulance company, and left three others suffering from non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

Murray said the circumstances of the crash were under investigation but declined to comment further. State Troopers were apparently searching for the Chrysler Pacifica involved in the incident, according to Attorney General’s Office spokesman Paul Loriquet, who said his agency is reviewing the State Police’s involvement in the wreck.

The carnage from the collision was still evident on South Orange Avenue early Monday afternoon, as dozens of police surrounded the wrecked ambulance. The vehicle lay on its side in the middle of the roadway, while the food truck sat at the base of a lamppost where it had spun to after the crash.

Aggravated manslaughter charges were announced Monday night against the driver of the Chrysler, James A. Sterling, 29, of Elizabeth, officials said. He faces charges of eluding, aggravated assault and driving with a suspended license and causing death and bodily injury, they said. When released from hospitalization, he will be held on $300,000 bail, officials said.

Less than 30 minutes after the wreck that killed Chipepo, Newark resident Joel Evans, 31, was shot and killed near the corner of Springfield Avenue and South 19th Street, officials said.

City Police Director Samuel DeMaio described the incident as a “targeted shooting,” but did not explain a motive for the killing.

Five minutes after that, DeMaio said, two Newark police cruisers crashed near the intersection of 15th Avenue and South 7th Street, injuring three officers who were heading to the scene of Evans’ death. The officers suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to DeMaio, who said one of the officers involved in the crash was Capt. Steven Yablonsky — the captain of the precinct that patrols most of the West Ward.

“Officers were out there doing what they’re supposed to do, responding for calls for help from citizens,” said James Stewart Jr., president of Newark’s Fraternal Order of Police. “Unfortunately this is one of the dangers they face every day.”

The attack continued a bloody 72 hours in the state’s largest city. Evans was the third person killed in as many days in Newark, and three other people were wounded by gunfire in the city Sunday night.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about today’s shooting to call the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips line at 1-877-847-7432.



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Lynchburg pulls volunteer EMS squad off all 911 calls

Posted on 23 November 2012 by wyoskibum


Since 1934, The Lynchburg Life Saving Crew (LLSC) has proudly served the people in its community.

“We’ve had a very active role in the community in those 78 years,” said Joyce Sachs, President of the LLSC Board.  “And we hope to continue having an active role in our community.”

But that role is going to look very different after December 31.  A few days ago, Sachs learned the City of Lynchburg made the decision to remove them from their 911 response system — meaning LLSC crews will no longer be paged out to any emergency calls.

City leaders say for most of the past year, LLSC crews have responded to to very few calls and their availability has been “sporadic and unpredictable” — and it’s for those reasons, they ultimately made the decision to remove them from the 911 response system.

“Frequently, a call that the LLSC responded to also required a response from the Lynchburg Fire Department,” Lynchburg City Manager Kim Payne wrote in an email to WSLS 10.  “For that reason, the unavailability of the LLSC crew to respond to calls will have little, if any impact on the ability of the LFD to respond.”

“It’s really disappointing,” said Sachs.

Sachs admits they’ve struggled in recent years to find enough volunteers to staff their crews — and blames the downturn in the economy for the lack of numbers.

“We used to be a 24/7 volunteer agency,” said Sachs.  “We’re not anymore and we know that.  But we try to serve as many hours as we can.”

For many years, the city provided LLSC with stipends for things like fuel.  But Sachs says as of the most current fiscal year which began on July 1, LLSC no longer receives any money from the city.  In light of that, she says she doesn’t understand why city leaders would drop a volunteer agency that doesn’t cost them anything.

“We feel like we could still provide a service to the community,” said Sachs.

Payne says LLSC volunteers will be allowed to ride with Lynchburg Fire / EMS crews, if they so choose.

Sachs says she and the other LLSC board members will meet later in the week to discuss their options, but is hopeful they will be able to stay on board as an EMS training facility.



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Ambulance struck by car at intersection

Posted on 21 November 2012 by wyoskibum

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A car hit an ambulance Sunday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The traffic reports says the driver of the car failed to yield to the emergency sirens at the intersection of Kings Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard.

According to the FHP, the passenger in the ambulance suffered minor injuries.

The ambulance was Rescue 13 with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

James Cherry, 43, was driving his ’67 Plymouth Valiant south on Kings Avenue approaching the intersection of Atlantic Boulevard when Rescue 13 was traveling eastbound on Atlantic Boulevard towards the intersection, with its emergency equipment activated, according to the accident report.

FHP says Cherry failed to yield to the ambulance’s lights and siren, causing a collision.



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EMS worker pleads guilty to sexually assaulting ‘immobilized’ woman

Posted on 18 November 2012 by wyoskibum


A former EMS worker who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in an ambulance has pleaded guilty.

Court officials say 45-year-old Anthony Louis Green of Goose Creek pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Green was arrested in January for the incident that happened in June of last year.

According to the court affidavit, Green admitted to “engaging in sexual battery with the victim” and “knew the victim was physically helpless.”

The affidavit states the female victim, who was being taken to the hospital following a domestic violence incident, was immobilized on a backboard “in full c-spine precaution” when she was sexually assaulted by Green.

Investigators say Green was alone in the back of the ambulance with the victim. Court documents also state that DNA evidence recovered from the victim identifies Green as the offender.

County officials say Green was hired by Charleston County in July of 1999 as a temporary EMS employee and became a full time employee in May of 2001.



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Chopper ambulance crashes after hitting power line in rural area

Posted on 18 November 2012 by wyoskibum

LANDER, WY – Fremont County Sheriff’s deputies responded at about 8 a.m. Thursday to reports of a downed aircraft about 45 miles east of Riverton near the Lucky Mc Uranium District.

According to reports, a 1996 Bell 407 helicopter crash-landed north of Gas Hills Road along Dry Creek Road east of Riverton. Deputies said three people were inside of the aircraft; all three survived the crash, and only minor injuries were reported.

Sheriff’s Capt. Ryan Lee said the Bell 407 is owned and operated by Classic Aviation out of Wood Cross, Utah. He said the company operates an air ambulance service based out of Riverton, but no patients were on board during the crash.

“It is my understanding that the aircraft was en route back to Riverton from the Casper area when the collision occurred,” Lee said. “It appears that the aircraft struck a set of power lines causing significant damage to the helicopter. The pilot was able to keep the aircraft under control and land upright a short distance away from the collision site.”

He said the helicopter is not operable, and technicians with High Plains Power were on scene Thursday afternoon repairing power lines.

The Sheriff’s office will work with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to complete an investigation into the incident.



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