Mar. 16—A crash claimed the life of a 76-year-old man after an ambulance tumbled down an embankment in Vermilion today.
The Elyria Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the single vehicle, fatal crash that occurred on U.S. Route 6, east of Sunnyside Road, Vermilion, in Lorain County.
At approximately 12:33 p.m.Thursday a North Central EMS ambulance driven by EMT Levi Hunter, 26 of Ashland, was traveling east on Ohio 6 in a non-emergency response mode en-route to Lorain Mercy Hospital, when for unstated reasons, it drove off the right side of the road, police report said. The vehicle struck a guard rail, continued down an embankment, struck several trees, overturned, and came to rest on its side.
In the rear of the ambulance were the patient, David McNeil, 76 of Vermilion, and one EMT, Katherine Tusing, 49, of Collins.
McNeil died at the scene and Tusing was transported by Life Flight to the University of Toledo Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to the report. Levi Hunter was transported by ambulance to Lorain Mercy Hospital with minor injuries.
Along with Ohio State Highway Patro, the Vermilion Police Department, Vermilion Fire Department, North Central EMS and Dunlap's Towing responded to the scene.
Drug and or alcohol usage is not believed to be a factor in the crash. No charges have been filed at this time and the crash remains under investigation.