One Person Dies in Fatal Ambulance Accident

A Riverside Ambulance was hit while crossing an intersection in Wausau. Photo courtesy of News Line 9 WAOW in Wausau.

WAUSAU, WI (OnFocus) – Wausau Police are investigating a significant traffic crash involving injuries and loss of life on the city’s east side.

On Oct. 27, 2021 at 6:29 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Scott Street and N. 1st Street in the City of Wausau for a report of a traffic crash involving an ambulance and a passenger vehicle. The ambulance had been traveling westbound on Scott Street when it collided with the northbound passenger vehicle.

It was determined the ambulance, from Riverside Fire District, was being operated in emergency mode while transporting a patient to Aspirus Wausau Hospital. In conjunction with this incident, the 72-year-old male patient being transported in the back of the ambulance was pronounced dead. The investigation is continuing to determine whether the fatality was a result of the traffic crash or the previous incident necessitating the ambulance transport.

Multiple injuries among the other occupants of the ambulance and the passenger vehicle were reported, none of them life-threatening.

As a result of the investigation, the operator of the ambulance was cited for Failure to Obey Red Traffic Signal.

The Wausau Police Department said that all charges against people are just accusations until proven guilty.

“You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” the department said.

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