EMT Dies in Ambulance Crash
Tim McCormick (Photo courtesy IEMS)
An accident involving an ambulance in downtown Indianapolis early Saturday morning has resulted in one death. Indianapolis EMS officials say Timothy McCormick, 24, died from his injuries at Wishard Hospital.
Indianapolis Metro Police (IMPD) investigators believe a car traveling westbound on St. Clair may have disregarded a flashing red light and struck the ambulance which was heading southbound on Senate.
The impact pushed the emergency vehicle on its side on another parked vehicle, trapping McCormick and his crew member inside. Indianapolis fire officials pulled both EMTs from the ambulance and took them to Wishard Hospital.
The second crew member remains in critical condition at Wishard Hospital with severe head injuries. The female driver of the car was also taken to Wishard Hospital for a legal blood draw. The ambulance was not carrying any patients at the time of the accident.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard issued the following statement regarding McCormick's death saying, "This is a terrible loss for Indianapolis EMS and our city. Our thoughts and prayers are with our public safety community and with the families. When we are most in need, IEMS takes care of us. Now it is our time as a community to take care of them." Mayor Ballard has asked that all flags in the city be lowered to half-staff in McCormick's honor. The request will remain in effect until sunset the day of McCormick's funeral.
The accident remains under investigation by the IMPD Traffic Crash Investigation Unit and members of the FACT team.