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5 hurt in head-on crash involving Lebanon medic unit

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 8:02 AM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 1:37 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 1:39 p.m.:

A preliminary crash investigation reveals a pickup truck struck a vehicle that had been stopped for an ambulance.

The Ford F-250 truck — driven by Jesse Jones, 21, of Lebanon — was traveling east on Ohio 122 and was unable to stop in time to avoid striking the Infiniti G37 stopped for the approaching ambulance. 

The Infiniti was operated by Branden Baker, 17, of Franklin, police said. Baker was not injured.

Jones’ red truck swerved left of center, side swiped the silver Infiniti and struck head-on the city of Lebanon ambulance — which had on lights and sirens, according to a release.

Jones was injured and taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, where he was listed in stable condition.

Inside the ambulance were four people, including the driver and medic. They were all injured and taken to Atrium as well, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post. 

Those injured in the ambulance included front passenger Dale Bottorff, 63, of Lebanon, and his wife, Marjorie Bottorff, 52, whom was the original patient being transported for a medical emergency, according to the release. 

Marjorie Bottorff was listed in serious condition this afternoon at Miami Valley Hospital.

Lebanon Fire Chief Steven Johnson said one medic was treated and released from Atrium, and a second medic suffered a head laceration and was expected to be released Saturday.

The crash, which totaled the ambulance, remains under investigation. 

UPDATE @ 12:55 p.m.:

A pickup truck passing a vehicle that was yielding for an oncoming medic unit struck that same medic unit head-on, injuring five people, according to state troopers.

The crash was reported on Ohio 122 near the Ohio 123 intersection around 8 a.m.

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Troopers said the five people who were injured suffered injuries not believed to be life threatening. Four people who were injured were in the Lebanon medic, including the driver, EMT in the back of the unit, the patient and the patient’s family member, according to the patrol. The fifth victim was the driver from the pickup truck, troopers said.

Investigators said the Lebanon medic unit was transporting a patient with emergency lights on to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown at the time of the collision.

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“When you’re in the back of an ambulance the EMTs, they’re not seatbelted in, they’re working on the patient,” said Lt. Chuck O’Bryon with the OSHP Lebanon post.

Troopers did not release information on what vehicles the injured people were in.

Investigators are still determine what citations may be issued.

UPDATE @ 9:20 a.m. 

Three vehicles, including a medic unit from Lebanon were involved in a crash that has shut down Ohio 122 at Ohio 123 in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County. 

Initial reports indicated there were multiple injuries involved, but investigators have not provided any details at the scene. 

We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT

A medic unit has reportedly been involved in a head-on crash on Ohio 122 in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County, near Ohio 123 Friday morning. 

The medic unit reported the crash around 7:50 a.m. on Ohio 122, between Ohio 741 and Ohio 123. 

Initial reports indicate multiple injuries in both the medic unit and in the other vehicle involved. 

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The medic unit is on its side as a result of the crash, according to initial reports. A patient was being transported in the back of the medic unit when the crash occurred, according to emergency scanner traffic. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more.