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EMT Injured in Ambulance Crash

EMT Injured in Ambulance Crash

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January 20, 2010

KEENE – Two people were injured when an ambulance transporting a patient slid off of Route 12 yesterday morning.

Police did not say whether anyone was seriously injured, but Keene fire Capt. Ron Leslie said everyone was “up and walking around after the crash.” He said they were taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The Golden Cross ambulance, based out of Westminster, Vt., was en route from Claremont Hospital to Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock, Keene shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday, said Keene police Sgt. Darryl Madden.

As the ambulance approached the intersection of Route 12 and Wyman Road, the driver lost control of the ambulance on a slippery patch of ice and snow.

The ambulance slid off the road and into a snowy field just off of the east side of Route 12, Madden said.

Though it was initially reported another vehicle was involved in the crash, police clarified no other vehicles were involved.

The ambulance driver, Bryan L. Hower, 36, of Barre, Vt., was not injured.

The attending EMT, Howard Page, 30, of Walpole, who was riding in the back of the ambulance taking care of the patient, was taken to Cheshire Medical Center with shoulder, head, back and hip injuries, Madden said.

The patient in the ambulance, Robert Luecking, 57, of Keene, was strapped to an ambulance gurney at the time of the accident. He complained of back pain after the accident.

The accident is still being investigated but police believe slippery road conditions were a factor in the accident.