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Power outage causes fatal ambulance crash in Ohio

Traffic light not working at intersection, passenger in SUV killed instantly

By Autumn Ziemba

AKRON, Ohio — An accident involving an ambulance just feet from Akron General Medical Center has claimed the life of an Akron man.

An American Medical Response ambulance collided with an SUV at the corner of Cedar Street and Wabash Avenue, just after 3 a.m. Thursday.

A power outage meant the traffic light at the intersection wasn’t working, and the result was fatal.

Collins Green, 57, a backseat passenger in the SUV, was killed almost instantly.

Full Story: Power outage factor in fatal Ambulance-SUV crash

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Joe Burke Joe Burke Friday, April 20, 2012 12:52:43 PM The stop light should have been treated by both vehicles as a 4 way stop as it wasn't functioning. This would have prevented this accident.
John T. Johnson John T. Johnson Friday, April 20, 2012 2:00:33 PM Even if the truck was running code he should have at least slowed down to a crawl before going thru it!
Robert Gift Robert Gift Friday, April 20, 2012 5:13:40 PM Was Collins responsible for his own death by not wearing his seat-belt? Amazing that some people today do not wear well-designed, very effective, comfortable seat-belts. (You wear them in case someone makes a human error.) (At a "dark" traffic signal, I was almost hit. I came to a complete stop. As I removed my foot from the brake and starting to slightly move forward, about to accelerate, I kept watching an approaching vehicle. I stopped. I would have pulled out in front of a guy who CONTINUED through the dark intersection at the posted 45 mph speed limit.)
Joey Bodenhorn Joey Bodenhorn Saturday, April 21, 2012 9:07:02 AM common sense people. pay attention
Keith Santero Keith Santero Saturday, April 21, 2012 9:25:56 AM Running lights and sirens or not, We must always drive with due gaurd and make a full stop before proceeding thru a traffic light, working or not.
Brenda Childers Kidd Brenda Childers Kidd Saturday, April 21, 2012 9:39:16 AM seems like some are saying it was the units one knows who was at is a sad situation....but not my place to say who is at fault and who is not....Prayers to the family of the one that was killed and also to all involved in the accident...
Vicky Mackaness Vicky Mackaness Saturday, April 21, 2012 9:45:57 AM There is nothing as scarce as common sense
Richard Berger Richard Berger Saturday, April 21, 2012 10:05:10 AM As noted in other areas, "Common Sense" is actually not that common. Emergency lights and siren do NOT grant any emergency vehicle total control of a roadway, so driving with due regard is a must. Years ago, the TV ads for seat belt usage hammered on the truism that "to the other guy, YOU'RE the other guy". Nobody should proceed through an intersection normally controlled by a traffic signal as if they have the green light, as the other guy can, and will, make the same presumption. Everyone should act as if it is an "All Way" Stop sign intersection. This type accident is regrettable. The fact that it involved an ambulance makes it even more so.
Curt Brimblecom Curt Brimblecom Saturday, April 21, 2012 10:08:12 AM My condolences to Mr. Greens' family for their loss. Let the investigators do their job, we are all very good at speculation, so let's not.
San Droik San Droik Saturday, April 21, 2012 10:16:46 AM Green or red?
Keith Santero Keith Santero Saturday, April 21, 2012 10:58:30 AM Red obviously

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