Jul 28, 2014

Community EMS Ambulance Involved in Fatal Crash in Milford

An ambulance operated by Community EMS was hit by a sedan, Milford said, resulting in the death of a patient being carried to a Milford hospital.

Community EMS Ambulance Involved in Fatal Crash in Milford
An Upton woman died Tuesday after the ambulance she was riding in was struck by a sedan on Route 140, and rolled over, according to Milford Police. The ambulance is operated by Community EMS, based in Marlborough.

The patient survived the crash initially, but died after arriving at  Milford Regional Medical Center, said Milford Police Deputy Chief Jim Heron. One of two paramedics in the ambulance received minor injuries in the crash, he said.

The woman was identified by Milford police as a 58-year-old Upton resident, Karen Scott.

An initial investigation determined a woman driving a Mercedes sedan failed to stop at the stop sign at Green Street and Route 140, and traveled into the path of the ambulance, which was heading north, toward the hospital, Heron said.

The ambulance was spun around and flipped over before coming to rest against a guard rail near the  Green Street Auto Spa. The Mercedes came to rest across Route 140, on Green Street.

The paramedic in the back of the ambulance with the female patient was injured, but the injuries were described as minor. The paramedic driving the ambulance was not hurt, Heron said.

He did not know if the ambulance was traveling with activated emergency lights or a siren. The woman patient was being taken to Milford Regional Medical Center after undergoing a medical treatment at a nearby clinic, he said.

The paramedics are employed by  Marlborough-based Community EMS, a private company under contract to the town of Milford. In a statement, the company president on Tuesday expressed concern for the family and friends of the patient, and said the company was cooperating with authorities.

"An initial investigation has determined that the driver of the other vehicle failed to stop for a posted stop sign and struck the rear of our Ambulance causing it to flip and roll over before coming to rest against a guard rail," wrote Randy Jusseaume.

"At this early stage of the investigation, we have no additional information available other than what has been reported by the local authorities," he wrote. "This is an active and ongoing investigation and we fully intend to assist and cooperate with all of the involved authorities."

As a result of the crash and the investigation, Route 140 was shut down in both directions, with police diverting traffic at the Route 16 intersection, and at Green Street.

The Worcester County District Attorney's Office has been notified, said Sgt. John Sanchioni.

A Framingham woman, Lisa Zemack, who was driving the sedan will be cited with failure to stop at a stop sign, Sanchioni said. This is a civil offense.

No decision has been made as to whether she faces additional charges, pending the outcome of the full investigation, said Milford Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin. The crash is being investigated by the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council crash reconstruction team.

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