Saturday, July 21, 2007


The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is currently investigating a five-person fatality crash that occurred at 6:59 p.m. Friday in Crane Township at the intersection of County Road 176 and County Road 87 in Paulding County.

Four Antwerp Emergency Medical Services workers were transporting two victims in a squad vehicle from a separate injury crash that had previously occurred on U.S. Highway 24. While transporting the injured victims from that crash, the squad, which was traveling southbound on County Road 87, was struck broadside at the intersection by a commercial vehicle that was traveling eastbound on County Road 176. The squad burst into flames on impact.

Three of the EMS workers and the two crash victims being transported received fatal injuries in the crash. The fourth EMS worker, who was in the squad, and the driver of the commercial vehicle, were both transported from the scene.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

updated: 7/22
The Ohio State Highway Patrol's Van Wert Post released the names this morning of the five people killed in the crash. The emergency workers from Antwerp were: Sammy R. Smith, 64; Heidi L. McDougall, 31, and Kelly J. Rager, 25.The victims who were being transported in the Ambulance were identified as Robert R. Wells, 64, and Armelda Wells, 60, both of Hicksville.A fourth EMS worker, Matt McDougall, 31, of Antwerp, who was in the squad, and Gerald D. Chapman Jr., 54, of Bryant, Ind., the driver of the commercial vehicle, were both transported from the scene. Mr. McDougall, a Hicksville police officer, was in fair condition this morning at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne. Mr. Chapman's condition was unavailable this morning.

The emergency workers were all volunteers from Antwerp, Ohio, who were treating patients from an earlier crash on U.S. 24 in Paulding County. The township of Antwerp has a population of just 1,642.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very sad and tragic. Let us all take a couple moments today and remember these brave souls who as volunteers were committed to helping their community. May we also take a couple of minutes today and reflect on our own safety and how important safety is to each of us every time the tone drops!

2:46 PM  
Anonymous James said...

Yes its horrible to hear something like this happend..

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work in EMS in Lorain County and this is a fear of my constantly. It's scary that things like this happen...we all need to pay a little more attention to ALL emergency vehicles when we drive.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was the EMS vehicle that hit the semi. This was a very big loss for a very small community.

11:09 PM  
Blogger safdrookie said...

yeah people get stupid when they see blinky lights. i can't imagine being on a dept that takes that kind of loss.

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leaders of all departments need to be focused on driving safety at ALL times. Not when it is convienent, not when they remember, at all times. Strict enforcement of driving policies is the only way to ensure that everyone gets home at the end of the call in one piece!

9:09 AM  

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