1 Dead, 6 Injured in Ambulance Accident

Posted on September 5, 2012


A patient died after the ambulance that was taking her to the hospital collided with a pickup truck about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Craig Road and Decatur Boulevard in the northwest valley.

Investigators said two North Las Vegas firefighters riding in the ambulance were hurt in the crash but they managed to pull the patient out of the vehicle and to work on her in spite of their own injuries. Two employees of the MedicWest ambulance company were also hurt and taken to the hospital in stable condition, while the driver of the pickup was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

As gathered from accounts at the scene, the ambulance was traveling southbound on Decatur Boulevard when it crashed into the pickup truck at the intersection of Craig Road after which it tipped on its side.

In related news, two fatal motorcycle accidents were reported on Labor Day. In the first incident, at about 3:15 p.m., a 50-year-old woman, later identified as Jennifer Leonard of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., died in a crash on U.S. Highway 50 in Glenbrook. She was riding as a passenger on a Harley driven by 53-year-old Charles Gilbert of South Lake Tahoe who investigators said failed to negotiate a bend in the road and collided with a warning sign near Logan Creek Drive.

About fiften minutes later, 66-year-old Patrick Zielke of Fallon was killed after he drove his motorcycle into the path of a motor home on the Mount Rose Highway.

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