Archive | February, 2013

Police: Woman strikes ambulance

Posted on 23 February 2013 by wyoskibum

AMARILLO,TX – Police arrested an Amarillo woman on a drunken driving charge early Friday after authorities said she was texting while driving and slammed into an ambulance at a stop light.

Melody Gaye Jewell, 48, was booked into the Potter County jail, police said.

About 12:35 a.m., officers were dispatched to a traffic accident at St. Francis Avenue and Dumas Drive. When police arrived, they observed that a westbound 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup struck an ambulance that was stopped at a stop light.

Police said the driver showed signs of intoxication and was arrested.

During the investigation, police said they found information that the driver also was texting while driving.


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Paramedic, Tow Truck Driver Injured in Accident on I-87

Posted on 19 February 2013 by wyoskibum

Tarrytown, NY — A paramedic and a tow truck driver were injured in an accident after a vehicle slammed into the rear-end of an ambulance that was stopped alongside the New York Thruway Friday night, February 8, 2013. The automobile accident occurred 8:51 p.m. near the interchange of I-87 and 287 in Tarrytown, reported.

According to officials, emergency crews were at the scene of a minor accident when a northbound vehicle on I-87 hit the rear of the Greenburgh EMS ambulance. The impact pushed the ambulance into a tow truck driver, who was outside of his vehicle at the time.

The accident left both the tow truck driver and a paramedic with injuries that did not appear to be serious. The tow truck driver, who remains unidentified, sustained a leg injury while the paramedic, who also remains unidentified, suffered a shoulder injury.

The victims were taken to Westchester Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

The driver who hit the ambulance, a Middletown, N.Y. man was charged with failure to move to the left for an emergency vehicle.



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EMS paramedic critically injured in wreck

Posted on 19 February 2013 by wyoskibum

GREENSBORO, GA – A Greene County Emergency Medical Services worker was critically injured, her mother killed and one of her sisters injured in a head-on collision in Rabun County last Saturday, authorities say.

The wreck also critically injured the driver of the other vehicle. Criminal charges are pending against a 64-year-old man, from Dillard, Ga., in connection with the fatal crash, which authorities suspect may have contributed to the wreck. Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) still were investigating the wreck on Monday and had not filed any formal charges.

Since news of the tragedy was learned, prayers from across the state of Georgia have poured in for Paramedic Elisha Ramey and her family. Elisha also works part-time with the emergency medical services in neighboring Putnam and Hancock counties. Sympathy cards and get-well cards also have been sent on her behalf to the local EMS station in Greensboro.

Because Elisha is expected to be out of work indefinitely, a special fund has been established at a local bank. It is called the Elisha Ramey Relief Fund. Donations can be made to BankSouth, P.O. Box 89, Greensboro, GA 30642. Checks or money orders should be made out to the Elisha Ramey Relief Fund. Other donations, cards, etc., can be dropped off at the Greene County Emergency Medical Services Station 1, located at 2070 South Main Street in Greensboro.

Elisha, who has worked full-time for the Greene County EMS for the past five years, lives in the small city of White Plains in Greene County, where she serves as a volunteer firefighter. She was named Greene County Paramedic of the Year in 2011.

She was flown by a medical helicopter to Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, S.C., following the head-on crash, which killed her 49-year-old mother, Andrea Gail Ramey and left one of her two sisters, Denise Nicole Ramey, 25, seriously injured, according to a report filed by investigating Trooper First Class Aaron Church of the Georgia State Patrol’s post in Toccoa.

Elisha’s mother was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her sister, meanwhile, who was a passenger in the backseat of her mother’s 1995 Toyota Camry, received multiple injuries. She was taken by ambulance to Mountain Lake Medical for treatment. She reportedly has been released from the hospital.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 2000 Isuzu Rodeo, was identified by Trooper Church as Durand Michael Carpenter, of Dillard.

The wreck happened at 3:12 p.m. on Georgia Route 2, when Carpenter, who had been traveling east on the state highway came across into the eastbound lane of traffic and struck the vehicle driven by Elisha Ramey head-on, the trooper revealed in his report.

Elisha, who has undergone at least one surgery since the mishap and is expected to have to undergo additional surgeries, remained in critical condition at the hospital on Monday, Greene County EMS Director Jeff Smith said.

The local EMS director, who traveled to the out-of-state hospital to visit his employee on Monday, said Elisha suffered extensive fractures to both her legs and had fractures to her pelvis and hip, as well an injury to her spleen and an ankle.

“She has some very serious injuries,” Smith said by telephone Monday.

During her years of work with the Greene County EMS, Elisha has been “an ideal” employee, Smith said. “She’s always been eager to help wherever she could in any situation. She’s one of those people you can always count on when you need her. I think that’s what makes her so special.”

Smith said he would like to extend his thanks in advance to the public and others on behalf of Elisha and her family.

“This is how our public safety family always pulls together to see each other through the bad times, as well as the good,” Smith said. “May God bless all who were involved in this incident, victims and public safety personnel, alike.”

He added a special thanks to emergency personnel in Rabun County for their extraordinary efforts in rescuing Elisha from the twisted wreckage.

“Again, thank you seems so little to say for your professional skills and efforts performed on Saturday for our friend and our family member,” Smith added.

Elisha, her mother and her sister were returning to her mother’s home in Rabun County from a shopping trip when the wreck happened, according to Greene County EMS Assistant Director Tracy Finch.

“They were about 10 miles from her mother’s home when the wreck happened,” Finch said. “They were all out just having a good time together as a family.”

Elisha, an avid runner who participated in several area 5K events, frequently volunteered her services even when she was supposed to be off-duty.

“She was always volunteering for extra duty at football games, motorcycle races and rodeos, which our EMS service provides coverage for,” Finch said. “She is a wonderful person and is always putting others above herself.”

Elisha also has been active in her church, Bethesda Baptist in Union Point, where she sings in the choir.

“We all hope she recovers very soon and can rejoin our EMS family,” Smith said.



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Westwood Ambulance Collides With SUV

Posted on 19 February 2013 by wyoskibum

WESTWOOD, NJ – A Westwood ambulance and a SUV collided on Broadway near the Westwood Plaza late Thursday morning.

The ambulance was headed north to a mutual aid call in Hillsdale, Police Chief Frank Regino said. A River Vale resident in a Nissan SUV was driving down Lake Street toward Broadway and reportedly accelerated to make it through the intersection before the traffic light changed, he said. The ambulance had slowed down at the intersection and had just begun to move forward again when the vehicles collided.

The driver of the SUV was hospitalized with minor injuries, Regino said. No one in the ambulance was injured.

The accident was still under investigation Thursday afternoon.

There was no patient in the ambulance at the time of the accident.



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Paramedic falls 50 feet from Delaware bridge

Posted on 19 February 2013 by wyoskibum

DELAWARE PARK, Del. — A paramedic working at a scene involving two separate crashes was injured after falling 50 feet from a bridge in Delaware Park, Delaware.

It happened at 12:30 a.m. Monday.

Officials say the 34-year-old paramedic was trying to jump across the divide between the northbound and southbound sides of the Route 7 bridge when he fell.

He plunged 50 feet onto the creek bed below. He was taken to the hospital with neck and back injuries.

The paramedic was part of the a team responding to two separate accidents Delaware Park Boulevard and North Main Street.

In the first, a 25-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were hurt in a single vehicle rollover crash.

The man was treated for neck and back injuries. The woman was treated for head injuries. Both victims were transported to Christiana Hospital in stable condition.

In the second, crews had to use the “Jaws of Life” to free a driver trapped for over 30 minutes in a multi-vehicle crash.

A 60-year-old man was treated for back and internal injuries and transported to the Christiana Hospital in stable condition



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Ambulance involved in T-bone collision

Posted on 12 February 2013 by wyoskibum

MARION COUNTY, OR – A Marion County Fire District 1 ambulance was involved in a collision with another vehicle Wednesday afternoon.

The collision occurred at the intersection of Cordon Road and Swegle Road NE at 3:55 p.m. The passenger car’s front struck the side of the ambulance just past the driver’s side door, Craig LoSasso, battalion chief, said.

The ambulance was en route to a non-emergency medical call. It did not have its lights and sirens on, fire officials said.

The driver and passenger of the vehicle were not injured but the front of their vehicle was damaged, officials said.

One firefighter had a minor leg injury. The other two firefighters were uninjured. There was no patient in the ambulance at the time of the collision, LoSasso said.

Other fire unites were dispatched to the crash site to evaluate those involved while the original medical call was rerouted to another ambulance, LoSasso said.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.


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Ambulance collides with car, injures six near Bernardsville train station

Posted on 12 February 2013 by wyoskibum

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — An ambulance rushing to a fire alarm call Monday afternoon struck a car pulling into the entrance of the Bernardsville Station on Route 202, injuring four emergency responders and the two passengers in the civilian vehicle.
At about 3:05 p.m. Monday, First Aid Squad vehicle 22-175 was involved in a motor vehicle accident while responding to an activated fire alarm, the Bernardsvile Fire Co. wrote on its Facebook page Monday night.
“While en route, the ambulance collided with another vehicle turning into the entrance of the train station on Route 202,” the message said. “All four volunteers were transported to Morristown Medical Center, along with both occupants of the car.”
Bernardsville Fire Chief Randy Steinkopf told the Bernardsville News that all four volunteers were treated for minor injuries — mostly cuts and bruises —  and that he did not believe the two women in the car had life-threatening injuries.

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Paramedics say area Ambulance service not carrying needed medicine

Posted on 12 February 2013 by wyoskibum

CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) — Southern Indiana health officials say they are in the middle of a serious health concern for residents.

The administrator for the Clark County Health Department says the ambulance service they contracted isn’t carrying medicine vital to their patients.

Rural Metro Ambulance covers most of Clark County, Ind, but health officials say they aren’t carrying the necessary medicine they should.

“We are going to get to the bottom of it,” said Mike Meyer, Administrator for Clark County Health Department. “We are very concerned. We would like the best possible service for our citizens.”

Meyer says Rural Metro is not carrying Ativan, which is used to help control seizures.
Meyer says they are required to carry the drug.  It’s a standard drug used in most ambulance services across the country.

“We had one call to our 911 service, a run that required one of these drugs, and their paramedics came back over the radio and told our dispatchers that they didn’t have that drug with them,” said Meyer.

WHAS11 received a copy of that call.

Paramedic: “We don’t have any seizure medication?”
Dispatcher: “You don’t have any seizure medication?”
Paramedic: “That’s affirmative. No paramedic unit does.”

That call was from a month ago. WHAS11 also got a copy of a call from December expressing the same issue.

Paramedic: “Ma’am, we don’t have any seizure meds, but we’ll respond. You’ll need to transport an emergency to Scottsburg.”

Those who oversee Clark County for Rural Metro Ambulance are based out of Indianapolis. WHAS11′s Renee Murphy called the director and he told her they do carry the drugs despite what the paramedics were saying over the radio.

WHAS11 asked if he could double check and get back to us. It’s been over a week and at the time of this report was filed, haven’t gotten a call from.

“It’s very frustrating. Communications in this situation is paramount and for us to have to find out through the grape vine more or less or through these other channels certainly is frustrating,” said Meyer. “I have not been able to get very many answers their response has been rather slow which is what we consider not an ideal situation.”

Residents were also concerned when we told them what’s going.

“I definitely think that needs to be changed to something that can help more people,” said Brooke Birkla, a Clark County resident.

”We would rather they have all the tools they need rather than calling another service to help them which could lose valuable time,” said Meyer.

The Clark County Health Department is holding a meeting with Rural Metro Ambulance services Wednesday morning to address the concerns.



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HFD ambulance crashes in NE Houston

Posted on 12 February 2013 by wyoskibum

HOUSTON, TX – A Houston Fire Department ambulance with a patient onboard collided with another vehicle in northeast Houston Tuesday afternoon.

The crash happened about 12:45 p.m. at 7200 N. Wayside, said Jodi Silva, a spokeswoman for the Houston Police Department.

Silva said it was not clear what lead to the wreck.

HFD spokesman Jay Evans said the ambulance was taking a patient to LBJ General Hospital when the crash happened.

A firefighter on board the ambulance, Evans added, had minor injuries and was taken to a hospital.

A person in the other vehicle was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital, Evans said. Details of the person’s injuries and condition were not known.

The patient in the ambulance complained of aches and pains after the crash and was taken to the hospital.



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Two-Vehicle Crash In Manchester Sends Paramedic To Hospital

Posted on 05 February 2013 by wyoskibum

MANCHESTER, NJ – A paramedic was hospitalized Sunday after the vehicle collided with a car on Route 547 near the Joint Military Base, police said.

At 1:31 a.m. Sunday, a MonOc Paramedic Unit and an Oldsmobile, driven by 38-year-old Urbano Flores from Lakewood, collided near the base.

The paramedic unit was traveling north on Route 547 when Flores, traveling south on the road, allegedly lost control of his vehicle and entered the northbound lane, police said.

The crash sent one of the paramedics onboard the ambulance to the hospital for minor injuries. The driver and passenger of an Oldsmobile were also sent to the hospital with minor injuries.

The accident is being investigated by Patrolman Joseph Fastige.


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Ambulance Slams Into Salt Truck On Wintry Roads

Posted on 05 February 2013 by wyoskibum

HARPER WOODS, MI - As snow started to fall at about 7:30 a.m. Monday — just in time for Monday morning commuters — an ambulance slammed into a salt truck on I-94 in Harper Woods, according to WWJ’s Bill Szumanski.

It happened on westbound I-94, near Moross.

“This ambulance hit the back of the salt truck so hard, it’s one of those full-sized vans and the engine compartment is now into the front seat of this ambulance,” said Szumanski, reporting live from the scene.

Szumanski added it did not appear as if anyone was injured, adding the ambulance technicians were out looking at the ambulance.



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Truck hits ambulance in New Bern

Posted on 05 February 2013 by wyoskibum

NEW BERN, N.C. – Some scary moments for emergency workers in New Bern Sunday morning, after an ambulance hit a truck.

Crews were on the way to a call around 9:30 when a truck pulled out in front of it.  It happened at the intersection of Trent Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in front of Bojangles.

Both EMS workers went to the hospital to get checked out.  The truck driver was not hurt, but will face charges.



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Ambulance carrying patient hits vehicle

Posted on 05 February 2013 by wyoskibum

AUSTIN, TX  - A patient being transported by ambulance had to be moved into another emergency vehicle after the one they were in hit another car.

According to Austin Travis County Emergency Medical Services an ambulance was transporting a patient when they collided with a vehicle that rolled over around 6:30 p.m. near Parmer and Riata Vista.

Fortunately no one in the ambulance or the other vehicle were injured.

The patient who was being transported was moved to another emergency vehicle and taken to an area hospital.



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Serious crash in Hamilton County involves ambulance

Posted on 05 February 2013 by wyoskibum

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Police are investigating a serious accident involving an ambulance in Hamilton County.

The crash happened before 9 a.m. in the 24000 block of State Road 37 in Noblesville.

An ambulance was transporting a dialysis patient when it crashed after hitting a slick spot on the highway.

The driver lost control and the vehicle became airborne for a short time before striking a tree and landing in a ravine, a media release said.

“The crash team has been called to the location to assist,” Hamilton County sheriff’s Deputy Bryant Orem said in a news release.

Police said the driver, the medic and the patient were all taken to Riverview Hospital in Noblesville.

The media release said the driver suffered an arm injury and abrasions, the medic had bleeding from a cut on the head and the patient sustained a head injury.

Police closed State Road 37 for two hours while investigators studied the accident scene.



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