Fatal Ambulance Accident Claims Two Lives

A fatal collision occurred in Green Township on Wednesday, March 14th. A 2007 GMC C-7500 lumber truck was traveling southbound on Hospital Road when it stopped to make a left turn onto Delano Road.

A fatal collision occurred in Green Township on Wednesday, March 14th. A 2007 GMC C-7500 lumber truck was traveling southbound on Hospital Road when it stopped to make a left turn onto Delano Road. According to Ohio State Police at 9:47 am, the lumber truck was struck in the rear by a 1999 Ford E-350 Life Ambulance. The ambulance was driven by a 21-year-old Chillicothe resident with a 72-year-old passenger, also a Chillicothe resident - both were pronounced dead at the scene. The 50-year-old driver of the lumber truck was transported to Adena Regional Medical Center where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The tragic accident in Green Township involved a non-emergency ambulance used as a wheel chair transport, but accidents involving ambulances responding to emergencies also unfortunately occur across Ohio.The state has set several standards for drivers of emergency vehicles, including fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars. By law, emergency vehicles are not required to stop at red lights and stop signs when on emergency calls, but it does state that they must "slow down as necessary for safety to traffic." Several other roadside laws don't apply to emergency vehicles when responding to calls; they're allowed to travel the wrong way down one-way streets as well as cross double yellow lines. Traffic laws they're not exempt from include those that apply to school buses. Ambulances are still required to stop for school buses displaying caution lights and extending their stop sign. The emergency vehicle must wait until children are safely out of the way before proceeding. Despite an ambulance's exemption from certain traffic laws, the driver is still required to operate their vehicle with "due regard for the safety of all persons using the street or highway." If proven that the emergency vehicle operator was at fault in an accident, they can be held liable even if responding to an emergency. The injured motorist or surviving family of a wrongful death can seek financial compensation, and if the driver's misconduct was severe, they can face criminal charges and potential jail time. In the unfortunate case of the fatal accident in Green Township, no fault has been established, and the case remains under investigation. 

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