Another Walker County ambulance out of service
By Rich Heiland
For Walker County News Today
Walker County EMS Director John Nabors said Tuesday the county’s fleet of ambulances is back to near full-strength after having two ambulances down for maintenance and one out following a crash in Conroe on June 5.
“We had two in the shop and had to use one back-up,” Nabors said. “Right now we have a total of five trucks running.”
The driver of the ambulance in the Conroe crash has been cited for driving while intoxicated and posted bond. Nabors said she is suspended without pay pending an investigation. He said that is routine procedure.
County Judge Danny Pierce said Tuesday he felt confident the EMS could respond to any local needs. He said he did not want to comment on the DWI incident because he felt there was more to come out.
While the Conroe report notes the driver was charged and a blood test was given, no results were listed.
The report says the ambulance was traveling south on I-45 shortly before midnight on June 5 when it failed to negotiate the exit ramp to Conroe Regional Medical Center.
According to the report the ambulance “changed lanes unsafely and struck the exit ramp’s impact barrier.”
A second EMT and a patient were in the ambulance. There were no reported injuries to EMS staff. The report did not indicate why the patient was being transported or what previous injuries might have existed.
Asked about maintenance issues Pierce said it’s not his practice to “micro-manage.” But, he said “the fact is these ambulances get a lot of wear and tear. Often they go from cold to wide open in nothing flat and you know that is not good for any vehicle.”
Currently EMS has close to 50 employees, which Pierce said puts it close to the sheriff’s department. “It’s a big operation,” he said, “and I think they are doing a good job.”