A vehicle went through a stop sign and struck the side of an ambulance Saturday night, killing one emergency medical technician and seriously injuring another, reports say.
Krista McDonald, who was driving the ambulance for Southeast Hardin Ambulance District, was ejected and died at the scene, the Findlay Courier reports. EMT Peggy Eastman also was ejected and was seriously injured.
Eastman was flown to OSU Wexner Medical Center. There were no patients in the ambulance, which was returning from the scene of a separate crash, reports say.
A passenger in the other vehicle, Alexander Young, also was flown to Wexner with life-threatening injuries, the Bellefontaine Examiner reports.
The driver of the other vehicle, Rachael Willeke of Belle Center, Ohio, and a child were taken to Lima Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, reports say.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, the ambulance was driving south on Ohio 292 when Willeke’s vehicle apparently went through a stop sign while driving west on Ohio 273.
McDonald was a dispatcher with the Bellefontaine Police Department and was volunteering with the ambulance service, the Examiner reports.
“The Bellefontaine Police Department suffered a tragic loss tonight,” the department said in a statement. “Dispatcher McDonald volunteered for years as a paramedic and enjoyed her time helping others. Krista was an extremely talented, hard-working and dedicated public servant who gave her life doing what she loved to do.”
The crash remains under investigation.