No charges after ambulance hit by OPP in storm

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The OPP says there won’t be any charges after an OPP vehicle ran into the back of a Lambton County EMS unit.

During Thursday’s white out conditions an OPP SUV ran into the back of an ambulance from the Petrolia station.

The crew of three, including a Lambton College students on placement, had been called to the 11 vehicle accident which shutdown the 402 and were on their way back to the station when they came upon three vehicles stuck in stuck in the snow. As the ambulance stopped to make sure everyone was okay, the SUV slammed into the back of the vehicle, pushing the steel bumper underneath the ambulance, making it unsafe to drive.

The two paramedics and the student were taken to hospital to be assess but released later in the evening.

The OPP officers in the vehicle were not injured in the incident but the SUV sustained “considerable” front end damage according to sources.

Jeff Brooks, the manager of Lambton EMS, says there was not much that could have been done to prevent the accident. “When there is an accident we look at what can we do different as far as scene control but when the visibility goes away there is not much you can do when people are on the road driving,” says Brooks.

He isn’t sure exactly how long the unit will be off the road, however he says service won’t be affected since there are other EMS units available.

OPP Sgt. Dave Rektor says whenever an OPP vehicle is involved in a collision the Technical Collision Investigation Unit takes over. The results of the investigation will be sent to senior command to see if charges should be laid.

“I can say with absolute certainty there will be no charges…there was zero visibility at the time,” says Rektor.

“There is no reasonable prospect of prosecution if charges were laid as I could safely say would be the same with most cases that day.”

4 Responses to “No charges after ambulance hit by OPP in storm”

  1. Cheryl Saunders

    Sounds like a double standard! Police, we look at what we can take from the scene to do better the next time. Firefighters in a snow storm with zero visibility get charges laid and have it held over his head a year later awaiting his charges! They are both out to help the public what am I missing?

  2. Greg

    That’s crap…they were obviously driving faster than their visibility allowed…the Wyoming volunteer FF got charges for doing everything right. ..Again double standards sickening

  3. anonymous

    What makes this accident any different then the one that the Wyoming Fire Department was involved in? These men were going to a call to help many people in need and unfortunately the weather conditions were poor and they ended up as part of the pile up. One of the men were charged with a careless. No charges are being laid on the driver of the police cruiser? Shouldn’t they be charged with a careless as well? Careless Driving: “a vehicle or street car on a highway without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway.” If their not getting charged i believe all charges on the Wyoming Fire Department should be dropped as well. Thanks to these men who volunteer to risk their lives daily for the citizens of their community and thanks to their families who support them.

  4. rod

    double standard, is not the word for it, its call protect your own..that officer should be charged and suspended with out pay for endangering 3 lives..i wounder how the ems driver seen 3 cars stuck and stopped to help but the officers couldn’t see the big EMS unit…it called pay attention…….