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UPDATE: Ambulance Crash

| August 08, 2010, 12:27 PM | 10 Comments

From the Anne Arundel County Police Department:

Release Date: August 8, 2010
Time: 1200 hours

Type of Collision: Two Vehicle Right Angle Collision
Location of Incident: Solomons Island Road @ Ramp from Rt. 50 W/B, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Date & Time: August 7, 2010 at 19:00 hours
Primary Investigator: Cpl. W.R. Morningstar, Jr. #1567
Police Case Number: 2010-729819
Motor Vehicle #1 2008 International Dura Star Med-Tec Ambulance
Driver #1: Norah Ellen Holliday, W/F, 45 years of age, 8501 Veterans Hwy, Millersville, Maryland 21108–Not Injured
Passengers: Leonard Jackson, B/M, 35 years of age, 8501 Veterans Hwy, Millersville, Maryland 21108–Not Injured
Brian Roche, W/M, 32 years of age, 8501 Veterans Hwy, Millersville, Maryland 21108–Not Injured

53 year old male cardiac patient, Priority 1 with life threatening illness (Name withheld due to patient confidentiality), Life Threatening / Not related to this crash

Motor Vehicle #2 2005 Honda Civic
Driver #1: Heather Elaine Noll, W/F, 25 years of age, 1370 Almond Drive, Annapolis, Maryland 21409–Injuries/Condition: Serious / Non Life Threatening
Passengers: Travis Brant Ray, W/M, 24 years of age, 1370 Almond Drive, Annapolis, Maryland 21409–Serious / Non Life Threatening Injuries
Cadence Ray, W/F, 2 years of age, 1370 Almond Drive, Annapolis, Maryland 21409–Minor Injuries
Travis Ray, W/M, 7 years of age, 1370 Almond Drive, Annapolis, Maryland 21409–Minor Injuries

Synopsis:

On August 7, 2010 at approximately 7:00 p.m., officers from the Southern District responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Solomons Island Road at the ramp from Rt. 50 W/B Annapolis, Maryland 21401. Officers arrived on scene and were advised by Anne Arundel County Fire Department personnel the passengers of Vehicle #2 were entrapped in the vehicle and had sustained life threatening injuries. Crash Investigators from the Traffic Safety Section were dispatched to the scene and assumed responsibility for the investigation.

The initial investigation revealed Vehicle #1 was traveling north on Solomons Island Road with its emergency equipment activated (Lights and Sirens), transporting a priority 1 cardiac patient to the Anne Arundel Medical Center. Vehicle #1 entered the intersection on a red signal. Vehicle # 2 was traveling west on the ramp from Rt. 50 preparing to turn south on Solomons Island Road, when it entered the intersection on a green signal. The vehicles collided in the intersection causing both vehicles to go out of control and come to final rest just north of the intersection.

The investigation is on going at this time and there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were a factor in this crash. As of 0830 a.m., on August 8, 2010, all hospitalized parties were in serious, but stable, condition.

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  1. Michael Calo says:

    Bet their radio was so damn loud they couldn’t hear the sirens.

  2. John Frenaye says:

    Could be, but according to the police report, the ambulance had a red light and they had a green one. The ambulance is in the wrong. They are only legally permitted to run a red light after making assurances that ALL opposing traffic is stopped.

  3. Michael Calo says:

    While this is true, it in way exonerates the driver of the vehicle that t-boned thse ambo; it is also their reposibility, under Maryland law, to be aware of emergency vehicles and to pull over for them. That is in no way a hidden intersection; the car with the green light should have stopped and allowed the ambulabce to go through the intersection.

  4. Fred Shubbie says:

    Mr. Calo, clearly if Md law states : an ambulance is “only legally permitted to run a red light after making assurances that ALL opposing traffic is stopped” and the honda had the green light your assertion that there is wrong-doing on the part of the Honda is erroneous, Moreover, the law requiuring one to pull over and let an emergency overtake you is not really applicable in this case now, is it ?

  5. John Frenaye says:

    I believe it was the ambulance that actually T-Boned the honda based on a photo I saw in the newspaper. There is a line of sight issue there. The ramp off Rt 50 is a curve and curves into the traffic signal. There is also the Rt. 50 overpass that the ambulance was likely UNDER when the honda entered the intersection. Coming off the highway (presumably with windows up) at the posted speed with a green light, I can see how this can happen. Unfortunate for sure.

  6. Michael Calo says:

    Unfortunate indeed. I have not seen a photo of the crash. but I have gone back and re-read several accounts of the incident and you are correct – the ambulance was at fault. My apologies.

  7. James Neary says:

    Well being the brother of one of the injured passengers and hearing witness storys it would be nice if the ambulance had the sirens and lights on before entering the intersection

  8. John Frenaye says:

    I have not heard that. And I woudl be surprised if they did not. They were transporting a heart patient. I assume that woudl require lights and sirens all the way. This happened just after they cleared the busy intersection of West and Route 2 and the merge onto Route 50 east. Again, they drive this many times a day and I woudl be surprised if the warning signals were not activated.

    However, it is their duty to make sure the coast is clear. The off ramp is curved and line of sight is an issue for both the ambulance and the honda. The honda was in the right, but that certainly does nothing for the suffering of everyone

  9. Witness says:

    John – I was at the scene when the accident occurred. What you proposed is actually how it happened. The ambulance DID have both its lights and sirens on, but I can certainly see how the Honda did not at all see it. You wouldn’t even have had to have a radio on loud to not hear or see it coming. I had to point it out to my husband who was driving at the time and we were heading in the opposite direction of the ambulance at the intersection stoplight. The ambulance was under the overpass when the Honda pulled into the intersection. It was very frightening and I hope all injured parties are doing well.

  10. John Frenaye says:

    I guess those years studying traffic design are finally paying off!

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