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Medics hurt when ambulance crashes into patrol car

The ambulance crashed into a deputy's vehicle that stopped to block traffic at an intersection; the cardiac arrest patient died

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Police say two paramedics and two volunteer firefighters were hurt when an ambulance carrying a dying patient crashed into a sheriff’s patrol car in central Indiana.

Columbus police Lt. Matt Myers says the ambulance was taking a 72-year-old female heart attack victim from her home near Edinburgh to a Columbus hospital. Both medics were working to revive the woman, so a firefighter agreed to drive the ambulance.

Myers tells The Republic that the ambulance hit the deputy’s car after it stopped to block traffic at an intersection. A firefighter helping the medics and the others in the ambulance were treated at a hospital for their injuries.

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The ill woman was taken to the hospital in another ambulance. The county coroner says she died early Tuesday of cardiac arrest.

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Robert Gift Robert Gift Thursday, February 20, 2014 6:26:01 PM No need for police to block traffic for ambulances. Confuses the public. Always thought it funny when police escorted childbirth cases - as though childbirth were an emergency.
Michele Logue Michele Logue Thursday, February 20, 2014 8:37:14 PM I agree with Robert, blocking an intersection use to be standard protocol but it has shown that it only confuses the public. As a courtesy it was appreciated, but we need to change the old thought to the new. Running hot sometimes causes more problems than it is worth. But when you have to, use due caution.
Robert Kasper Robert Kasper Friday, February 21, 2014 7:38:26 AM Regardless of the untrained firefighter should not be behind the wheel of an ambulance if he is not routinely trained in its use. If he is or was trained he should have used proper intersection protocols for running hot. Even if police block an intersection it is the responsibility of the EVO to properly manage the intersection. Problem is the two medics or EMT and Medic should not have allowed the firefighter to operate their vehicle.
Crystal Pardue-East Crystal Pardue-East Friday, February 21, 2014 10:22:29 AM People should remember it was very slick outside as well... The VF was not at fault and neither was the law enforcement officer!

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