Driver involved in crash with ambulance apologizes

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by Karen Zatkulak

KREM.com

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 1:56 PM

BOISE -- The driver involved in an accident with an ambulance is apologizing to the crash victims and their families.

Sam McCartney admits he crashed into the ambulance on Highway 95 on Oct. 22.

The accident sent two volunteer EMTs to the hospital, and both are still in critical condition.

Idaho State Police say there are no charges in the accident yet, but they expect some will be filed once the investigation is complete.

ISP says two cars yielded to the oncoming ambulance, pulling over to the side of the road, but the driver of the third car couldn't slow down in time.

"I glanced off of him and it put me in the oncoming lane, and that's when the ambulance came up over the hill," said McCartney.

McCartney was emotional as he described the moments before his car slammed into the ambulance near Cambridge.

He says he never saw the lights or heard the sirens because a hill blocked his view of oncoming traffic.

"I'm not going to point the blame on anyone, this was wrong place, wrong time," said McCartney.

Two Council EMTs treating a patient in the back of the ambulance were both hurt and rushed to the hospital.

70-year-old John Dickinson and 62-year-old Sandy Sova are still in critical condition at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

McCartney says he's felt terrible about the accident ever since.

"I'm just absolutely torn up over this and I'm so sorry to the families of Sandra and Jonathon, I wish you all the best," said McCartney.

Sova's daughter, Kelly Ross, is an EMT as well. She says this brings about a bigger issue of drivers not being cautious around emergency vehicles.

"I've been in the back of the ambulance many times, we've had people tailgate us, people pass us, a couple times when people pull out right in front of us," said Ross.

She hopes this serves as a reminder to everyone to be careful around the lives of those trying to save lives.

"We've seen people with far less injuries than they had and they don't make it, so very, very lucky," said Ross.

Ross says her mother's condition has improved. She's hoping she will be out of the ICU in the next few days.

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