Ambulance out on call hit by car Two paramedics sent to hospital

June 14, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

An ambulance on its way to a Pasadena accident that injured four people Wednesday was itself involved in a accident that sent two paramedics to the hospital, county police said.

The first accident occurred about 6: 45 p.m. on Fort Smallwood Road near Fernhill Road. Fire Department spokesman J. Gary Sheckells did not have details on how the two-car accident occurred, but he said the first ambulance on the scene called for five more ambulances.

A paramedic unit from the Jacobsville Fire Station was driving north on Fort Smallwood Road toward the accident shortly after 7 p.m. when the driver of a 1986 Chevrolet station wagon made a sudden left turn into the paramedic unit's path as it neared Weldon Road, police said.

The ambulance driver, Mark Praschak, braked but was unable to avoid striking the driver's side of the car, police said.

Gary Sheridan, 18, of the 7800 block of Red Lion Way in Pasadena failed to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle and made an improper turn, police said. He was treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released yesterday.

Praschak was treated at North Arundel Hospital and released Wednesday. Marianne Anderson, the other paramedic, was also taken to the hospital for treatment, but the hospital had no other information about her.

Police and fire officials did not have names or conditions of the four people injured in the first accident.

Two were sent to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, one to North Arundel Hospital and one to Harbor Hospital Center.

Pub Date: 6/14/96

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