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AUSTINTOWN 1 patient, 2 workers injured when ambulance overturns



Published: Mon, September 16, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Police cited the patient for interfering with the driver of the ambulance.

AUSTINTOWN -- Two ambulance workers and a patient they were transporting were injured this morning when the patient interfered with the driver on state Route 11, causing the vehicle to flip.

Driver Mark S. Dangelo, 36, of Youngstown and passenger James V. Davis, 28, of Austintown both suffered minor injuries when the Lane LifeTrans ambulance crashed at about 2:45 a.m., Ohio State Highway Patrol personnel said.

Patient John J. Pakalnis, 33, of Canfield was being taken from the Canfield Police Department to Forum Health Northside Medical Center, Canfield Police Sgt. Cristobal Ruiz said. Pakalnis was not in police custody.

He suffered minor injuries in the accident, and OSHP cited him for interfering with the driver resulting in a crash.

OSHP personnel said Dangelo was driving north when Pakalnis interfered, causing the ambulance to travel off the right side of the road, hit a concrete culvert and overturn.

Ruiz said police had gone to Pakalnis' Deer Trail Avenue home at about 1:15 a.m. on a call that he had gone to a neighbor's house, intoxicated and fearing for his safety. He told police he wanted to see a doctor but did not have a ride.

At Pakalnis' request, officers took him to the police station before calling an ambulance to transport him to Forum Health Northside Medical Center. He went voluntarily, Ruiz said.




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