Tickets issued in Monday Malta ambulance-box truck crash; Box truck driver cited, troopers said

MALTA – The New York State Police have issued tickets to the driver of a box truck in a Monday crash with a Malta-Stillwater EMS ambulance transporting a patient, a spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the Malta-Stillwater EMS executive director Wednesday gave further details on the crash, including citing the assistance of three passers by who helped the ambulance crew get the patient to safety before the ambulance caught fire.

The crash happened at about 7:43 am Monday, in the middle of Monday’s snow storm, in front of the Locust Grove Motel on Route 9, officials said.

The preliminary investigation determined that the southbound box truck attempted a U-turn in front of the northbound ambulance and the ambulance could not avoid the collision due to road conditions, Trooper Stephanie O’Neil said. The ambulance was transporting the patient at regular speed and without lights or sirens, officials said.

The ambulance ended up in the ditch.

Troopers identified the box truck driver as Wayne Marshall, 39, of Bloomfield, Conn., and the ambulance driver as Justin J. Houser, 29, of Rensselaer.

Troopers issued tickets to the box truck driver, Marshall, for vehicle and traffic law violations related to the crash, O’Neil said. The exact tickets were not specified.

The ambulance driver, a paramedic and the patient were then taken to the hospital. The driver and paramedic were released later that day, Malta-Stillwater EMS.

The paramedic in the back with the patient suffered the worst injuries of the two employees, Malta-Stillwater EMS Executive Director Scott Skinner said.

With the paramedic injured, the ambulance driver and three passers-by immediately worked to get the patient out and to safety, Skinner said. The crash had ruptured a fuel tank, leading to the urgency in getting the patient out before the ambulance caught fire, Skinner said.

They got the patient across the road and into a private vehicle to await another ambulance, Skinner said.

“Everybody moved quickly and got the patient out,” Skinner said.

Malta-Stillwater EMS Monday released a photo of the result of the crash, the burned-out ambulance.

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