Archive | October, 2013

Ambulance, truck collide in Huntsville

Posted on 31 October 2013 by wyoskibum

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) – An ambulance on the way to Huntsville Hospital collided with a truck on Memorial Parkway near Governors Drive, early Thursday morning.

A patient and a family member were in the back of the ambulance when it crashed. They were taken to Huntsville Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

The ambulance was a Decatur EMS ambulance on its way to Huntsville Hospital from Decatur.

No word on why the patient was being transported.

The paramedics in the ambulance and the driver of the truck were not injured.



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Adair County ambulance involved in vehicle crash

Posted on 31 October 2013 by wyoskibum

An Adair County ambulance was involved in a crash while transporting a patient Wednesday afternoon.

The crash happened at the intersection of Highway 63 and Briggs Street in Macon just after 1:30 p.m.

ACAD personnel were on a run transporting the patient to Columbia when another vehicle struck the right front passenger side of the ambulance. The ambulance then struck a concrete pillared pole.

The crew of the ambulance was treated and released from Samaritan Hospital in Macon. The patient in the ambulance was transported to Columbia by a Macon County ambulance.

The extent of injuries to others is unknown at this time.

The ambulance was significantly damaged.



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Idaho car crash with ambulance, EMTs taken to hospital

Posted on 31 October 2013 by wyoskibum

ADAMS COUNTY, Idaho — U.S. Highway 95 north of Cambridge was shut down for around five hours Tuesday afternoon after a crash between a car and an ambulance.

Idaho State Police say 36-year-old Samuel McCartney of Twin Falls was northbound in a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse when he braked and swerved into the southbound lane of traffic to avoid hitting a vehicle that was yielding to an ambulance from Council that was transporting a patient to a hospital in Weiser.  The Eclipse hit the ambulance head-on.

The Council Ambulance was driven by 66-year-old Charles Penninger of Council.

Police say that two Council EMTs, Sandra Sova and Jonathon Dickinson, were assisting a patient in the back of the ambulance and were unsecured. Both were injured in the crash and flown by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.  Sova was listed in critical condition, while Dickinson is in serious condition.

The driver of the ambulance, Penninger, was also taken to a hospital to get checked out. Police say he was wearing a seatbelt.

McCartney and his passenger, 37-year-old Heather Hetzel of Boise, were taken by personal vehicle to Weiser Memorial Hospital. Police say the air bags did deploy in their car and both were wearing seatbelts.

One witness to the accident, Guenter de Vincent told KTVB about what he saw.

He says that he pulled to the right for the ambulance, when the white car behind him hit the back wheel of his car, and was thrown back into the middle of the road where it hit the ambulance.

He then goes on to say that he went over to the white car first to make sure the occupants were OK.

“I opened the door and the car was smoking, and the woman was sitting there in front of the airbag,” he said. “She was pretty much aware; I think the driver was passed out.”

He said he called 911 and walked over to the ambulance to make sure everyone was OK; de Vincent also added that it took around 10 minutes for first responders to get to the scene.

Idaho State Police say the crash is still under investigation.


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Cadiz EMS struggles with fewer volunteers

Posted on 19 October 2013 by wyoskibum

CADIZ , OH – A shortage of volunteers has meant the Cadiz EMS service has been unable to respond to local calls, and that issue was updated during Wednesday’s Harrison County Commission meeting.

Doug Crabtree, president of Harrison County’s EMS Association, updated the board on finding a solution.

The county supplies EMS vehicles and equipment to each of the 10 qualifying fire departments, but the problem is not equipment, but rather the lack of volunteers.

New Athens EMS has been covering Cadiz, as well as Harrison Community Hospital’s paid service, which has also been handling the calls.

“It takes a lot of time and money to get certified, but we have classes starting in November,” Crabtree stated. “It takes 139 hours for your basic EMT certification, and we have four (people) from New Athens, four from Harrisville, two from Deersville, three from Tappan, four from Unionvale and one from Hopedale beginning classes in a few weeks.”

He added four volunteers from Cadiz and six from Hopedale would begin their 40-hour certification classes for first responders certification on Nov. 6.

Cadiz and Hopedale EMS services are unable to respond currently because there are no EMTS Crabtree added, “If an EMT is on scene, then a firefighter can drive the squad to a call, but in order to transport we need one EMT and one first responder.”

“Unfortunately we could not predict this shortage and it takes time to train replacements, but we continue working toward a solution,” Crabtree said. He also notified the board that the monthly Firefighters Association meeting will be held at 7 p.m. today at the firehouse in Cadiz. The next county EMS meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 in Piedmont.



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Vehicle strikes ambulance while transporting patient

Posted on 19 October 2013 by wyoskibum

WILLOW PARK, TX – A LifeCare ambulance carrying a patient was involved in a wreck Wednesday afternoon in Willow Park.

The ambulance was southbound on Ranch House Road near Lariat Court when a northbound sedan driven by a woman veered left of the center of the roadway, striking the side of the ambulance, according to Willow Park Police Chief Brad Johnson.

The vehicle hit the box portion of the ambulance and spun around, according to Johnson. The driver of the car had minor injuries but refused transport to the hospital and her vehicle was towed from the scene, according to police.

The ambulance was transporting a female patient to a hospital in Fort Worth when the wreck occurred. Another ambulance was dispatched and continued transporting the woman to the hospital, according to officials.

The paramedic treating the patient in the back of the ambulance was thrown into a hard surface and was taken to Weatherford Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released, according to Parker County Hospital District CEO Randall Young said. The paramedic driving the ambulance was wearing his seat belt and was not reported injured.

The ambulance driver saw the car veer into his lane and moved over a little bit, so the two didn’t collide head-on, according to Young, who said the damage to the ambulance was minor.

“It’s a really great ending to what could have been a pretty serious deal,” Young said.

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Ambulance catches fire and explodes

Posted on 19 October 2013 by wyoskibum

HYDEN, Ky. (WYMT) – Fire officials are trying to determine what caused an ambulance to explode Wednesday in Leslie County.

No one was injured, but the blast did scare some people nearby.

Paramedics were transporting a patient from Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital to the nursing home around 10 a.m. Wednesday when their Trans-Star ambulance caught fire.

Sam Mullins, an off-duty Leslie County sheriff’s deputy, was driving by and helped the paramedics get the patient out safely. He also shot video on a cell phone of the ambulance engulfed in flames.

Other off-duty officers assisted, as well. Firefighters and other emergency personnel eventually made it to the scene.

The ambulance was pulled over on the side of U.S. 421 near downtown Hyden when the explosion occurred.

Bill Morgan, the chief of the Hyden Fire Department, said the explosion reminded him of something heard in a war zone.

“There was a very large oxygen tank in the back of the ambulance and it exploded,” Morgan said. “I was in Vietnam, so it was nothing new to me. But it was a loud concussion. You could feel it.”

The fire may have been started by a short in the wiring of the ambulance’s electrical system, Morgan said.

Leslie County Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Mullins drove by the scene while off-duty and jumped in to help.

“I was back roughly 200 feet and I could feel the pulses and heat from it when it exploded,” Mullins said. “It’s something I’ve never experienced.”

The driver of the ambulance, Chris Kilbourne, said it was an experience he hopes to never relive.

“All I was worried about was getting the patient to safety,” Kilbourne said. “God was with us. He watched over us. We’re real thankful everything turned out okay and He put the people in the right places to help.”

The patient was a man in his 60s and was unharmed, Kilbourne said.

Trans-Star will replace the ambulance and coverage of Leslie County should not be affected, he said.



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Accident involving ambulance leaves five injured

Posted on 19 October 2013 by wyoskibum

New Orleans — New Orleans Police Officers are investigating an accident involving an ambulance that left five people injured. The accident occurred Wednesday, around 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of Calliope and Baronne.

Police say that the driver of the ambulance, ran through a red light, hit a car, then struck a pole. The driver of the car, along with the two occupants in the ambulance and the two EMS techs all suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital.
No citations were issued in the incident and the case will be reviewed by the City Attorney’s Office.


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Ambulance crash injures three in Morgan County

Posted on 16 October 2013 by wyoskibum

MORGAN COUNTY, Mo. — Three people were hospitalized after a Miller County Ambulance crashed early Tuesday morning along Highway 50.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Elaine Kesel, 58, of St. Elizabeth, Mo. was driving the ambulance at approximately 2:58 a.m. west on the highway when the vehicle hydroplaned, began to fishtail, ran off the right side of the road, and overturned.

Kesel sustained minor injuries in the crash. One occupant, Donald Kelley, 63, of Gravois Mills, Mo., sustained minor injuries, while another, Vito Fiordimondo, 29, of St. Peters, Mo., sustained moderate injuries.

All three individuals were taken by ambulance to Bothwell Hospital for treatment.



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McKinney squad accuses Stanford EMS of ‘hostile takeover’ attempt

Posted on 16 October 2013 by wyoskibum

McKINNEY. KY — Stanford EMS has proposed taking over operation of McKinney Area Rescue Squad’s ambulances, while also requesting a hearing where it could argue against the need for the McKinney ambulance service to regain its license.

The move, which a McKinney board member characterizes as a “hostile takeover,” adds another twist to the story for the embattled McKinney organization, which ceased 911-response operations and lost its ambulance license in May. Auditor findings showed the ambulance service lost more than $200,000 over three years and called into question the actions of the squad’s ex-director.

Under the written proposal faxed to McKinney Rescue Squad last week, Stanford EMS would provide ambulance service for the McKinney area; take ownership of McKinney’s ambulances and medical supplies; receive all billing revenues that would have come to McKinney; and enter into a yearly lease to use the McKinney Rescue Squad building.

Stanford EMS would also take on McKinney’s debts, which board members have estimated at about $20,000, and possibly allow the appointment of a McKinney board member to the Stanford EMS board.

McKinney board members would be barred from operating a separate ground ambulance service for 10 years, according to the preliminary proposal.

“This is NOT an official offer,” the faxed proposal sent from Stanford EMS attorney Jonathan Baker reads. “I am providing this as a written proposal as was requested.”

Baker declined to provide a copy of the proposal to The Interior Journal, issuing a statement that reads, “At this time, Stanford EMS does not feel it is appropriate to release the proposed terms of the negotiations or proposals. Stanford EMS hopes to reach an agreement with McKinney Area Rescue Squad that will provide the best possible emergency medical care for the citizens of McKinney and Lincoln County.”

But The Interior Journal was faxed a copy of the proposal from McKinney Rescue Squad.

The proposal includes stipulations concerning McKinney Rescue Squad’s application for a certificate of need.

McKinney Rescue Squad board members have been applying for the certificate of need as a prerequisite for regaining their license to operate as an ambulance service.

On Oct. 3, Baker submitted a request to the state for a formal hearing where Stanford EMS could argue against awarding McKinney its certificate of need.

Baker said Stanford doesn’t necessarily intend to go forward with the hearing but had to request it before the Oct. 4 deadline to keep it available as an option.

“If they did not file (the request), then they lost that opportunity to have a hearing,” Baker said. “They wanted to reserve that capability to have a hearing if they want to.”

Baker confirmed that if the hearing were to happen, Stanford EMS would be arguing there is no need for McKinney Rescue Squad to regain its license.

The proposal from Stanford includes stipulations that McKinney Rescue Squad would withdraw its request for a certificate of need and Stanford EMS would withdraw its request for a hearing to argue against the certificate of need.

“It’s a hostile takeover,” McKinney board member Greg Snow said. “They’re blackmailing us. If we don’t accept their proposal then they’re going to try to take us to a hearing and block our (certificate of need).”

Snow said he and other board members felt “blind-sided” when Stanford EMS representatives first brought up the idea of taking over McKinney’s ambulance operations last month.

McKinney board members had thought Stanford EMS was supportive of their effort to regain their state license, but now it appears Stanford wants them to fail, Snow said.

“That’s pretty low,” he said. “It’s bringing up bad blood and putting a bad taste in everybody’s mouth.”

Snow said if he meets Stanford EMS board chairman TJ Hill or another board member, he plans to let him know just how he feels about the proposal.

“I’m going to rip it up right in front of him,” he said. “He ought to be embarrassed to send us something like this.”

Hill said the move to ask for a hearing was just what Stanford EMS had to do to protect itself while it works things out with McKinney.

“We’re a professional business. They’re a professional business — maybe not so professional that they run their business,” he said. “The bottom line is we’ve got to take our interest first and foremost on everything.”

Hill said if negotiations work out with McKinney Rescue Squad, there won’t be any need for the hearing.

“Depending on how things go, if we work out things with them, if it goes well, we can withdraw (the request for a hearing) if we need to,” he said.

But the McKinney board will likely not make any counter-offers or negoatiate with Stanford, Snow said.

“I guess we’ll fight them in Frankfort,” he said, referencing the certificate-of-need hearing. “We’ve fought this long. We’re not giving up now.”



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Police: Woman steals ambulance, crashes into apartment complex

Posted on 16 October 2013 by wyoskibum


A 84-year-old woman is in the hospital after police say someone stole an ambulance and crashed into her apartment.

The Wilson Police Department says it happened at 8:25 a.m. on Sunday. Police they received a call about a car accident on the 2100 block of Glendale Drive. Police say when they got there a Johnston Ambulance Service truck had run off the road, hit an apartment building and four cars in the parking lot.

Police say they believe a 43-year-old woman stole the ambulance for the Wilson Medical Center before the accident. Officers say following the crash the woman took off into the woods, where she police arrested her. Officers say the suspect is currently under an involuntary commitment order and will be served with warrants following her release.

Police say the 84-year-old woman injured during the incident is currently at Vidant Medical Center and is in stable condition.



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Ambulance crash: 2 injured outside Children’s Hospital of Orange County

Posted on 16 October 2013 by wyoskibum

ORANGE, Calif. (KABC) – Two people were injured when an ambulance crashed into a pole outside Children’s Hospital of Orange County on Sunday.

The crash happened around 7 a.m. A driver and passenger were trapped inside. It took crews 45 minutes to cut both the men out of the ambulance. Both suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.



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No Serious Injuries Following Ambulance Crash

Posted on 13 October 2013 by wyoskibum

ALBERT LEA, MN – Authorities say nobody was seriously injured when a car crashed into an ambulance responding to a call in Albert Lea.

It happened around 6:30 Tuesday night at the intersection of Highway 13 and West Main Street. Police say the ambulance had its lights and sirens on, but was hit in the intersection by a car that didn’t yield. The ambulance flipped over, landing upside down.

There were two paramedics in the ambulance, but no patients. An 18-year-old man was driving the car. Nobody was seriously hurt.

Police say no citations were issued at the scene.


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Man accused of stealing ambulance

Posted on 13 October 2013 by wyoskibum

SAN ANTONIO, TX — A 44-year-old man is being questioned in the theft of a San Antonio Fire Department ambulance.

Police say the ambulance was stolen around midday Wednesday from outside a motel in northeastern San Antonio, where paramedics were treating a patient.

Police Sgt. Javier Salazar officers used GPS technology to track the vehicle for four miles. He says it rammed two patrol cars before it slammed into a third and stopped just before noon. The suspect was treated for minor injuries and taken into custody. No other injuries were reported.

Salazar says the man was reported to be upset over his eviction from an apartment.



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Teen’s joyride in ambulance ends in rollover crash

Posted on 12 October 2013 by wyoskibum

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A teenager is in the hospital with minor injuries after he allegedly stole an EMSA ambulance and took it for a joyride late Sunday night.

Authorities say EMSA workers stopped at an OnCue gas station around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night.

While they were in the convenience store, a juvenile allegedly jumped in the front seat of the ambulance and took off.

However, police say he didn’t make it very far.

The teen allegedly crashed the ambulance into a light pole, blocking the on-ramp to I-44 from S.W. 59th St.

The suspect continued driving down I-44 until he lost control and rolled the ambulance, which trapped him inside the wreckage.

Officers say the ambulance was equipped with a GPS tracking device and they were watching his every move while he was on the run.

Fire crews were able to free the teen from the wreckage before taking him to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Authorities at the scene say the suspect will face multiple charges, including at least one count of drug intoxication.



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