2017-05-18 / Front Page

Elderly patient dies in truck, ambulance collision

By Cindy Centofanti

Elaine H. DeGrandt, who was a patient being transferred to an out-of-county hospital, was pronounced dead at the scene of this crash between a pickup and an ambulance Wednesday afternoon. This photo, provided by the Huron County Sheriff's Office, shows the ambulance where it landed in a wheat field near the intersection of at the intersection of Sebewaing and Grassmere roads. Elaine H. DeGrandt, who was a patient being transferred to an out-of-county hospital, was pronounced dead at the scene of this crash between a pickup and an ambulance Wednesday afternoon. This photo, provided by the Huron County Sheriff's Office, shows the ambulance where it landed in a wheat field near the intersection of at the intersection of Sebewaing and Grassmere roads. SHERIDAN TOWNSHIP - An 89-year-old woman died after a local ambulance was stuck by a truck whose driver failed to yield at a stop sign early Wednesday afternoon, the Huron County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Elaine H. DeGrandt, who was a patient being transferred to an out-of-county hospital, was pronounced dead at the scene, Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson said.

Brandy Rogers, 44, of Bad Axe, the ambulance driver, and ambulance attendant Paul Shishler, 43, of Bad Axe, were both transferred by another ambulance service to the Huron Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

Kyle Mausolf, 33, of Marlette, was the driver of the pickup that collided with the ambulance and was not injured, Hanson said.

Deputies responded to the accident at approximately 1:06 p.m. at the intersection of Sebewaing and Grassmere roads, one mile west of Van Dyke Road (M-53) in Sheridan Township.

Hanson said the preliminary investigation that was conducted by the sheriff’s office revealed that Mausolf's truck was heading northbound and failed to yield to an oncoming Central Huron Ambulance vehicle that was performing a priority III transfer to a hospital located outside of Huron County.

After impact, the ambulance rolled over at least once into the south side of the ditch on Sebewaing Road before righting itself in a wheat field.

The investigation further revealed the ambulance did not have the lights and sirens activated. According to the Michigan Medical Priority Response and Transport Policy, a priority III escort is a non-life threatening emergency and is in compliance with the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code, which states ambulances may make the escort with no lights and sirens.

The scene remained closed to traffic for around three hours while the sheriff’s office accident investigators processed it.

Arrangements for an autopsy are being made by the Huron County Medical Examiner’s Office. An ongoing investigation of this fatal accident will be further conducted by the sheriff’s office.

Other agencies assisting were the Oliver Township Fire Department, another ambulance from the Central Huron Ambulance Service, Elkton EMS as well as Scheurer Ambulance Service.

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