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Suspected drunk driver collides with ambulance, 4 hurt

Three EMS providers and a 27-year-old who was arrested were all injured in the crash

By EMS1 Staff

STANTON, Calif. — Four people were hospitalized after a suspected drunk driver collided with an ambulance Monday.

Three EMS providers in the Care Ambulance Service rig were hurt, along with John Dantzler, 27, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, the Orange County Register reports. 

Dantzler was driving a Dodge Charger southbound on Beach Boulevard when he’s believed to have struck the ambulance, which was traveling westbound on Garden Grove Boulevard.

None of the injuries are life-threatening. 

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Kathy DeLoach Kathy DeLoach Thursday, August 07, 2014 8:03:47 AM My husband worked for Care Ambulance in Alabama, when on December 31, 2012 a man crossed over 2 lanes and hit the ambulance all but head on. My husband can no longer work on a truck because of his injuries, my brother in law who was driving is back at work, the patient they were transporting received some abrasions and bruises. I am sorry to say that the man that hit them died shortly after this accident. He was drunk!
Kathy DeLoach Kathy DeLoach Thursday, August 07, 2014 8:10:21 AM They were in a type one ambulance, and I was told that if they had been in any other truck, my brother in law would not be with us today, and if that 18 wheeler had not slammed on brakes and turned at just the right time, my husband and the patient would not be here today. Always tell your loved ones who work on an ambulance that you LOVE them before they walk out the door, you never know when something like this could happen,
Mike Phx Mike Phx Thursday, August 07, 2014 9:51:33 AM Luck...yes...but someone took the time to make a very sound decision about that ambulance purchase and in this case, it was absolutely the best decision.

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