Archive | December, 2012

Ambulance rolls, EMT injured

Posted on 31 December 2012 by wyoskibum

EL CENTRO, CA – The Gold Cross Ambulance was responding to a call Wednesday. It was on North Marina Drive in Salton City, traveling under the speed limit, when the rig clipped the rear of the ambulance. The emergency vehicle fishtailed, before rolling over. The emergency medical technician, who was not identified, was taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. The EMT was treated and released. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

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Van Rear-Ends Ambulance Carrying Woman in Labor

Posted on 31 December 2012 by wyoskibum

BRONX , NY — An ambulance bearing a pregnant woman who was apparently going into labor was rear-ended en route to the hospital Thursday morning, authorities said.

The FDNY ambulance was traveling north on the Major Deegan Expressway about 10 a.m. when it slowed near Lincoln Avenue in Mott Haven because of a two-car collision on the road ahead, the FDNY reported. A van then slammed into the back of the ambulance.

The pregnant woman, who was being transported with contractions, did not sustain any injuries in the crash, the FDNY source said. One of the EMTs, however, did report back pain. Both were transported to Lincoln Hospital.

No other drivers or passengers were hurt.

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Car hits ambulance; CHP officer and two others injured

Posted on 31 December 2012 by wyoskibum

MORENO VALLEY, CA  - A CHP officer sustained moderate injuries after he was struck by an ambulance when a driver lost control of her vehicle on the westbound Highway 60 in Moreno Valley on Monday morning and hit the emergency vehicle.

The officer was investigating a single car collision on the closed Perris Boulevard offramp about 8 a.m. when a 20-year-old woman from Buena Park, driving a 2009 Toyota sedan, careened into the ambulance that had responded to the crash, according to a statement from CHP.

The ambulance then struck the officer and a bystander. The bystander and the driver of the Toyota suffered major injuries.

All westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway were closed for more than three hours and reopened about 12:30 p.m. The crash is under investigation.

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Car, ambulance crash near Canby injures 2 people

Posted on 24 December 2012 by wyoskibum

CANBY, OR – A collision between a car and ambulance near Canby landed two people in the hospital Thursday.

Jeanine Harris, 55, of Portland, was pulling away from a stop sign about 7:10 p.m., at the intersection of South Barlow Road and Knights Bridge Road when her 2002 Honda Accord collided with an ambulance, said Deputy Bryon O’Neil, a Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The impact from the crash sent the car into a power pole. O’Neil said Harris and a female paramedic were taken to a hospital in the area and are expected to recover.

The crash is under investigation.

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Man accused of stealing ambulance

Posted on 19 December 2012 by wyoskibum

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – An Albuquerque man has been arrested for stealing a car but it was not just an ordinary vehicle.

Police say 35-year-old Michael Bahe took an Albuquerque ambulance the Dion’s parking lot on Central and Coors.

Police were able to track down the ambulance parked at a home in the northwest part of town.

According to the criminal complaint, Bahe’s family members told officers he wanted to drive to the Laguna Pueblo in the ambulance.

When police questioned Bahe he changed his story several times before finally told the truth.

Bahe is charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

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Ambulance joyride ends with woman’s arrest

Posted on 19 December 2012 by wyoskibum

HOUSTON, TX – A joyride in an ambulance ended with a 26-year-old woman behind bars this morning.

Police said the woman stole a Houston Fire Department ambulance just after 10pm and took it for a ride, seconds after paramedics dropped off a patient at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

According to investigators, EMS workers transported a patient to St. Joseph’s, but when they returned to the ambulance, it was gone.

Another ambulance found the stolen emergency vehicle nearly 45 minutes later on Pierce near Hutchins.

Police believe the woman was under the influence of drugs when she allegedly stole the ambulance. Officials said the vehicle wasn’t damaged.

The woman was taken into custody and faces charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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Driver charged with murder in NKY ambulance crash

Posted on 14 December 2012 by wyoskibum

GALLATIN COUNTY, Ky. —

A northern Kentucky man involved in a fatal July crash has been charged with murder.

State troopers said an SUV driven by 22-year-old Hunter LeGrand, of Warsaw, crossed the center line on U.S. 27 and struck an ambulance head-on in July.

Two paramedics were hurt and the patient, John Little, 59, of Dry Ridge, died at University Hospital.

On Wednesday, troopers arrested LeGrand and charged him with murder, OVI, two counts of assault, leaving the scene of an accident and criminal mischief.

LeGrand is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.

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Police investigate after family claims paramedic stole $20K Rolex watch from patient

Posted on 14 December 2012 by wyoskibum

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte burglary detectives are investigating a claim that a paramedic stole a $20,000 watch from a patient after a recent car crash.

MEDIC confirmed to Eyewitness News that it opened an internal investigation and is cooperating with detectives. The agency said it’s too early to tell what happened to the valuable piece of jewelry.

Feroza Syed’s mother has been hospitalized for almost two weeks. After two blood transfusions and nine hours of facial reconstructive surgery, Naheed Syed is aware she’s missing the most valuable piece of jewelry she owns.

“She knows her watch is missing. She keeps pointing at her wrist and asking where her watch is. It’s one of her most prized possessions,” Feroza Syed said.

The watch is a limited edition diamond-encrusted Rolex worth about $20,000, according to the Syed family.

Feroza Syed told Eyewitness News two MEDIC supervisors told her paramedics admitted to removing the Rolex after the wreck in Matthews on Dec. 1, but claimed it was returned to the family — along with several other jewelry items — at the hospital.

“They keep saying they’re doing an internal investigation. I’m not getting any answers back,” Feroza Syed said. “I feel stonewalled.”

Feroza Syed said her family doesn’t need the money, but she believes paramedics took advantage of her mother.

“They’re saying the watch was removed, and that he handed it over to my father,” Feroza Seyd said. “Then why is the one thing that’s missing the watch?”

MEDIC’s Deputy Director Jeff Keith told Eyewitness News they’re investigating the claim. He pointed out that police, fire, MEDIC, and a tow truck driver all responded to that crash on Weddington Road.

“Every single complaint is taken seriously,” Keith said. “We want experts to come in here and continue to look at it, because, at the end of the day, we’re here to serve the community. We don’t ever want to lose that trust.

“She claims MEDIC told her the watch was returned to the family at the hospital, along with the other items. But the family never got the watch back,” pointed out Eyewitness News.

“I hear you,” Keith said, “But I need to wait and see what the investigation yields. Right now, that’s just hearsay.”

CMPD burglary detectives have interviewed the crew. Their investigation is still ongoing.

“We want to make sure this process is as thorough as possible,” Keith said.

The Syed family has hired a lawyer, and said they could file a lawsuit next week. The family said they’ll go to court to learn to name of the paramedics who treated Naheed Syed, and to see the results of the internal investigation.

“When somebody is supposed to saving your life, they shouldn’t be worried about, you know, your jewelry,” Feroza Syed said.

MEDIC said their internal investigation could last another week.

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Ambulance driver arrested for intoxicated driving

Posted on 14 December 2012 by wyoskibum

GAYLORD, MI — Gaylord City Police officers arrested a 28-year-old ambulance driver Sunday night for allegedly driving drunk while transporting a car accident victim and a young child from Montmorency County to Otsego Memorial Hospital.

Police Chief Brett McVannel said officers received an independent call that a Tri-Township EMS ambulance was on its way to the hospital and the driver might be intoxicated.

During their investigation, officers determined Daniel Albrecht was the driver of the incoming ambulance, and he was subsequently arrested for operating while intoxicated — child endangerment.

Albrecht was transported to the Otsego County Jail where he was lodged without incident until bond requirements were met.

According to Otsego County 46th Circuit Court records, Albrecht is facing one count of operating under the influence — child endangerment, a misdemeanor. He is scheduled for a Jan. 14 arraignment in 87th District Court.

Tri-Township EMS is based in Atlanta and provides service to five townships in Montmorency County.

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Five injured after Arc bus and ambulance crash in Waterloo

Posted on 14 December 2012 by wyoskibum

ROCHESTER, NY – Five people went to the hospital after an Arc bus and an ambulance crashed in to each other in Waterloo. One of the injured was flown to the hospital by Mercy Flight helicopter.

Waterloo Police say a North Seneca ambulance vehicle was going westbound on West Main Street, headed to Geneva General Hospital in emergency mode with a patient on board. Police say the ambulance attempted to pass the Seneca ARC bus which was also going westbound. The bus attempted to yield to the right, striking the ambulance causing the ambulance to veer off to the shoulder of the road, striking and breaking a utility pole.

Two North Seneca Ambulance personnel were taken to Strong Hospital. Amy Kaplan, 22 of Hamburg, was taken to Strong Hospital by Mercy Flight for a head injury. Reginald L. Bailey, 43, of Shortsville, was transported to Strong Hospital by Phelps Ambulance for a possible side injury. Police are not releasing any information on the patient that was in the ambulance.

The driver of the ambulance, William R. Storrs, 24, of Waterloo, was taken to Geneva General Hospital by Finger Lakes Ambulance for evaluation.

The bus driver, Patricia A. Putney, 59, of Seneca Falls, was transported to Geneva General Hospital for possible head and neck injury.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Waterloo Police Department and New York State Police.

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Van, Ambulance Collide In Waterloo

Posted on 14 December 2012 by wyoskibum

Waterloo, N.Y.- Emergency crews were called to a crash Tuesday afternoon between a van and an ambulance on Routes 5 & 20 near Reed Road.

Police say an ARC van and a North Seneca ambulance both heading westbound crashed just after 2 p.m. The ambulance was then forced into a telephone pole.

One driver was in the ARC van. No word if that person was hurt. The ambulance was en route to Geneva General Hospital with one patient on board, plus a driver and two paramedics.

One of the workers was airlifted to a nearby hospital.  There’s no word yet if anyone else was injured.

State Police had an accident reconstruction team investigate how the accident happened.

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2 injured when ambulance crashes in fog near Hanford

Posted on 14 December 2012 by wyoskibum

FRESNO, CA – An ambulance heading to a collision Monday morning near Hanford crashed en route in foggy conditions, severely injuring two crew members.

The crash happened about 9 a.m. at Eleventh and Kent avenues. The two were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

The victims of the original crash at Kansas Avenue and Eleventh were less severely hurt and went to Adventist Medical Center.

Conditions were extremely foggy and played a significant role in both crashes, the California Highway Patrol said.

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Ambulance-pickup crash kills Mobridge man

Posted on 14 December 2012 by wyoskibum

MOBRIDGE, SD — A Mobridge man is dead after a crash involving an ambulance.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 45-year-old Lynnard Spiry Jr. died late Sunday afternoon when the pickup truck he was riding in slid out of control and into the path of the ambulance on U.S. Highway 12 east of Mobridge.

Authorities say the ambulance was returning from a transport and was not carrying patients. The driver and a passenger suffered minor injuries, as did the driver of the pickup.

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EMSA Ambulance Recovered After It Was Stolen From RiverSpirit Casino

Posted on 14 December 2012 by wyoskibum

TULSA, OK – A stolen EMSA ambulance has been recovered in Tulsa.

When it was taken, the ambulance was located at RiverSpirit Casino, where it was on medical standby during an event. No medics were on board, and it was not being used for patient care at the time, EMSA spokesperson Kelli Bruer said.

After about 20 minutes, the ambulance was ditched by the thief.

“The vehicle was not damaged and all equipment is accounted for,” Bruer said in a statement. “We are glad that no one was injured in the incident. We are looking into how they gained access to the vehicle.”

Narcotics on board are kept in a locked safe, Bruer said.

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