A West Virginia man died when the ambulance carrying him rolled over on the Interstate early Saturday morning.
64-year-old Dennis Calvert of Wheeling was killed around 2 AM on Saturday when icy conditions caused the ambulance to lose control, overturning multiple times.
“A 2008 Econoline Ambulance, registered to Tri-State Ambulance, was transporting a patient westbound on Interstate 70 near milepost 176,” Ohio State Patrol Lieutenant. J.E. Tracy said in a press release. “Evidence at the scene showed that the ambulance lost control, drove off the left edge of Interstate 70, and overturned multiple times”
Three other personnel were injured in the accident and were treated for their injuries at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center.
Calvert had been fighting cancer and was taking regular ambulance trips to Columbus for treatment.
Miller’s death came as a shock to his boss, who called him “a faithful employee with a heart of gold, (who) would give you his last dime.”
“We will miss him. He was a salesman, and a very good one at that,” said Judy Miller, owner and president of Chris Miller Furniture, where Calvert worked since 1985.”
Staci Trudo, vice president of quality and risk at Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital said that the hospitals and companies involved share in the sorrow of those who loved Calvert.
“The hospital and Tri-State Ambulance are devastated by this event and our deepest sympathy goes out to both the paramedic, who was an amazing person, and the patient,” she said.
OVMC is offering counseling and other support to those affected, she said.
“The ambulance, when they left here, there were no issues,” Trudo said. “They had checked the weather and everything was fine. In Cambridge, they hit some bad weather. The driver was doing a good job. In Cambridge, they got to a bridge- that’s my understanding- and they slid.”
According to The Intelligencer, OVMC is offering counselling services to those involved, and it is unknown if funeral services have been arranged yet.
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