Patient killed, EMTs injured in Vermilion ambulance crash

VERMILION, Ohio-- A patient was killed in a crash involving an ambulance in Vermilion Thursday afternoon, the Ohio State Highway Patrol says.

It happened on Liberty Avenue near Baumhart Road shortly after 1 p.m.

Lt. Brett Gockstetter said the North Central EMS ambulance was going eastbound on Liberty Avenue when the driver apparently had a medical condition. He lost control, drove off the side of the road, into a ravine and flipped over. The ambulance came to a rest in the upright position.

The patient died from the crash. An EMT in the back of the ambulance was taken by medical helicopter to a Toledo hospital, Gockstetter said. The driver -- also an EMT-- was also taken to a hospital with injuries.

Investigators at the scene identified the deceased as 76-year-old David McNeil.

Gockstetter said the wife was following the ambulance and unfortunately, saw the crash. Other witnesses reported the ambulance was driving erratically for a few miles.

No other vehicles were involved.

A spokeswoman for North Central EMS released the following statement:

"We want to express our deep sorrow about this tragic incident and sincere condolences to the patient’s family and those involved.

"At this time, we are fully cooperating with authorities as they investigate the cause of this tragic accident."

**Editor's note: the Ohio State Highway Patrol originally reported one of the injured was a nurse; later, authorities clarified that person is an EMT**