Fatal Ambulance Crash in Marion County
Ambulance and Emergency Rescue squad medical personnel are some of the hardest working individuals in West Virginia, witnessing scenarios no one wants to see and helping injured people in Monongalia and Marion Counties in the aftermath of horrific situations and collisions. These situations require immediate skilled medical assistance; at times rescue workers must work extremely long hours.
It is a real tragedy when the emergency workers, in the course of their duties, become the accident victims after they have devoted so much time and effort to helping others.
This week we have been hearing about the two vehicle collision in Marion County on Route 250 that sent four emergency rescue workers to two hospitals. The patient they were transporting died in the collision, and the Marion County Rescue Squad employees were badly injured.
According to local news reports, a Jeep traveling in the same direction as the ambulance did not hear the emergency vehicle approaching and attempted to make a left turn on the Husky Highway near Barrackville, W.Va. The two vehicles collided, sending the ambulance through a guardrail, causing the ambulance to land on its top near a culvert.
Four members of the rescue squad were injured. Two were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown; the other two were taken to Fairmont Regional Medical Center for treatment for serious injuries.
Other Recent Ambulance Accidents in West Virginia
Jan Care Accident Injures Three People in Doddridge County: West Virginia State Police are investigating an ambulance crash that happened in Doddridge County on the night of May 20, 2013. A Jan-Care ambulance crashed on Route 50 near Arnold's Creek just after 11 p.m. The ambulance driver told police that he had fallen asleep while driving.
The driver said he was traveling toward Parkersburg when the vehicle ran off the roadway and ended up in the guard rail and a ravine, according to West Virginia State Police. One person was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital. There was one patient in the ambulance, according to 911 officials. The patient and another person in the ambulance were taken to United Hospital Center for treatment.
State police have not released the names of the people involved. Their injuries didn't appear to be life threatening.
An ambulance and a flatbed semi-truck collided on Interstate 79 south near Weston Tuesday morning and closed the highway for almost two hours on Tuesday, January 15, 2013.
Jan-Care Ambulance Services confirmed Tuesday morning that a Jan-Care EMT died following the accident on Interstate 79 in Lewis County.
A Jan-Care ambulance was returning to the station from an EMS transport when it collided with a flatbed semi-truck Tuesday morning, according to the Director of Operations at Jan-Care Ambulance Services.
Lewis County sheriff's deputy said Jan-Care EMT, a passenger in the ambulance, was injured in the accident and later died as a result as his injuries at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. The ambulance's driver was treated and released. No patient was on-board the ambulance at the time of the accident.
A spokesman of Jan-Care reflected that "It is a real tragedy when something like this happens to someone who has devoted so much time and effort to helping others."
Legal Insight Regarding Work-related Accidents:
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Source: WBOY News, "1 Dead After Ambulance Collision on Route 250 in Marion County," September 22, 2014.
West Virginia MetroNews: "One dead after Marion County ambulance wreck," Jeff Jenkins, September 22, 2014-