Patient identified in deadly ambulance crash in Mansfield

Patient identified in deadly ambulance crash in Mansfield

MANSFIELD, OH (WOIO) - Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers are investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Friday, August 15, at 11:45 p.m. on an I-71 southbound exit ramp to State Route 13.

Troopers were dispatched to Washington Township for a  roll over crash involving an ambulance.  A preliminary investigation reveals that the 2011 Ford ambulance traveled off the left side of the exit ramp, hitting a guardrail, then rolling several times down an embankment.

During the incident, the patient, Michael Williams, 56 of Cleveland, and EMT, James Phillips of Garfield Heights, were ejected from the rear of the vehicle.

Phillips and the driver, Amber Brown of Cleveland, were taken to Ohio Med Central to be treated for minor injuries.  Williams was pronounced dead at the scene by the Richland County Coroner's Office.

The ambulance was transporting a patient from a Cleveland hospital to another in Columbus.  The ambulance was from Community Care Ambulance Service in Ashtabula.

The speed of the ambulance and the cause of the crash remain under investigation.

Troopers were assisted by the Washington Township Fire and EMS, the Richland County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

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