Calif. ambulance with patient overturns after collision
The patient was taken by another ambulance to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead
The Fresno Bee
VISALIA, Calif. — An ambulance with a patient inside overturned on its way to a hospital Sunday morning when it was hit by a car, the Visalia Police Department said.
The ambulance had its lights and sirens on when it was hit by Robert Zielske, 69, who was driving south on Conyer Street at Main Street just after 10 a.m., police said.
Inside the ambulance was Robert Howard, 84, the driver and two firefighters and a paramedic who were performing CPR on Howard.
The ambulance overturned, causing minor injuries to everyone inside. Howard was taken by another ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead, police said.
Police are still investigating the cause of the collision.
Yield to the ambulances, please. Slow down at intersections, instead of accelerating. A vehicle is considered a lethal weapon; please operate it with extreme caution.
Sunday, October 16, 2016 06:55PM
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A patient on the way to the hospital is dead after the ambulance he was riding in was smashed by a car in Visalia Sunday.
The crash happened around 10 a.m. near Main and Conyer Streets. Visalia Police said Robert Zielske of Visalia hit an American Ambulance van with his car while it was heading toward the hospital.
Inside the van, paramedics and firefighters were performing CPR on 84-year-old Robert Howard. The crash caused the ambulance to overturn and everyone inside was slightly hurt.
Howard was later taken to the hospital by another ambulance where he died. It's unclear if Zielske will face any charges and who is at fault in the crash.
Yield to the ambulances, please. Slow down at intersections, instead of accelerating.