ISP: Idaho man who crashed into ambulance on the run

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A man who Idaho State Police says crashed into an ambulance last October is on the run.

ISP says it's looking for Samuel John McCartney, 36, of Twin Falls, who was charged with inattentive driving in Adams County after the car he was driving collided head-on with a Council Ambulance Oct. 22.

That crash seriously injured two EMTs that were treating a patient in the back of the ambulance at the time of the crash and injured the driver of the ambulance, as well as, the patient.

McCartney appeared at his arraignment in Third District Court in February but failed to appear for a scheduled pretrial conference in court on March 27.

Anyone with information on the location of McCartney is asked to call Idaho State Police at (208) 884-7360.

A crash involving an ambulance that was transporting a patient to the hospital has seriously injured two EMTs.

The Adams County Record reports that the crash happened Tuesday afternoon and involved three vehicles on Highway 95 near the Washington/Adams county line.

The Record reports that the ambulance collided with a passenger car traveling the opposite direction on the highway, which caused both vehicles to spin off the side of the road.

Two Council EMTs were not secured in the back of the ambulance when the crash occurred. The Record says that both were flown by air ambulance to the hospital, one reportedly in critical condition.

The driver of the ambulance was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The condition of the patient being transported in the ambulance was not available Tuesday.

Highway 95 was closed in both directions as crews worked to clear the scene.

The Record reports that the cause of the accident is not clear, but it appears that a third vehicle traveling in the same direction and ahead of the car involved in the crash may have slowed down and pulled to the right when they saw the oncoming ambulance, which caused the second car to swerve to the left to avoid it.