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Truck Driver Strikes Ambulance Then Dies in Cab Fire

by Jana Ritter - Published: 9/28/2015

Another tragedy claimed another truck driver’s life over the weekend when his semi-truck crashed into an ambulance that was stopped at another crash site. The incident occurred just after 11am on Sunday in Ohio along U.S. 30, just west of Laver Road. A Mifflin Township Fire Department vehicle had been stopped along the westbound left lane with its overhead lights on, when the semi came along and struck it from behind. The impact then caused the semi-truck to veer across the right lane and into the woods, before it erupted into flames. Tragically, the truck driver died at the scene and has been identified as 52-year-old Anthony A. Fuerst, 52, of Columbus Grove.

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Ray Scott of the Mifflin Police Department happened to be driving behind the semi and was on his way to respond to the initial incident of a single-vehicle van roll over. He said he saw the truck hit the rear corner of the ambulance and then continue across the right lane before it crashed into the woods. Unfortunately the fire started in the cab of the truck and Scott and another driver quickly ran to the crash site and tried to rescue the truck driver from the deadly inferno. "We tried several attempts but failed to do so due to the heat and the flames. Then his gas tank exploded and we had to get back," Scott said.  By the time firefighters arrived at the scene and extinguished the blaze, the truck was scorched and the truck driver was already dead when they were finally able to pull him from the wreckage. The Ohio Highway Patrol later identified the truck driver based on evidence at the scene and information from his employer. The two emergency responders who had been with the ambulance when it was hit were taken to a nearby hospital but are expected to survive the incident.

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Richard Daugherty is a nearby resident and a former truck driver who actually heard the initial single vehicle crash from his home, and had ran to the scene to see if everyone was okay. He said that his adrenaline was already pumping and he had been talking to the emergency responders when the far worse crash occurred right in front of him. Having driven semis himself for many years, he said he knows how hard it is to control thousands of pounds of rolling truck. "It's very hard because all the weight that you've got behind you is shifting," Daugherty said. Clinton Hardy also witnessed the crash and said from what he could see the truck just lost control and traveled about 300 yards and then barreled into the woods. "Black smoke going up in the sky. Flames higher than the trees. Just rolling smoke," Hardy said.

While the accident is still under investigation, it is likely that the truck driver did not have enough time to respond when he noticed he had suddenly come upon the ambulance sitting out in the left lane. 


Bryan Tucker
Bryan Tucker
This happen near my house. And just hours after this happen. Another accident happened in same spot
Trucking Unlimited
Trucking Unlimited
Wow! Didn't hear about a 3rd incident...what happened?
Chris Dalbec
Chris Dalbec
Also lost one in Idaho Falls at Sam's Club DC staging lot. Died in his truck. It was my friends uncle
Trucking Unlimited
Trucking Unlimited
Sorry to hear!
Jeffery Longcore
Jeffery Longcore
The rule of thumb is to protect the patients in the vehicle. Granted it was a rollover in the median you still need to get said victims to the ambulance safely this is how it's done. I wood say someone was not paying attention was this crash occurred
Jeffery Longcore
Jeffery Longcore
I can see both sides of this as I am also a volunteer firefighter but when I'm outta the truck it's all about my patients safety I don't care if it's a truck or car I have been known to throw shit at people for not slowing down.
Richard Lewis
Richard Lewis
Running without a CB. Don't see how drivers do it. If my CB don't work I'm out of service
Lee Wade
Lee Wade
Slow down and pay attention. It might be your own life you save.
Jeff Yoder
Jeff Yoder
30 is not a bad highway. Its not busy and there's no construction right now. Im not sure why there seems to be so many bad accidents. There's a lot of intersections between Mansfield & Wooster but the accidents usually seem to be from drivers goin too fast and if I had to guess probably lookin at their damn phones. Posted speed limit is 60mph. I hate to see a driver die but these accidents are preventable. We hold a class A for a reason and thats what is suppose to make us professional on the roads above everybody else
John Pearce
John Pearce
Driving too fast ! ..... Plane and simple.
Jessie Thompkins
Jessie Thompkins
R.i.p driver
Todd Donaldson
Todd Donaldson
Ive been driving truck for over 20 years. This is Bullshit. Fire truck, Ambulance, Police car, Pedestrian, Bicycle doesn't matter what it is or how close to the lane they are. You shouldn't even be close. You can see them, They're lights. Get the hell over. If you can't figure that out stop driving. Your not a truck driver.
Dale Grant
Dale Grant
I clipped this truck with back of trailer
Dale Grant
Dale Grant
I was forced off the road and couldn't. Stop. So i blew the air horn and the other truck finally. Moved back left
Samuel Byler
Samuel Byler
Well, the emergency vehicles need to get off the road if possible, and everybody needs to pay attention, that's all.
Jeffery Longcore
Jeffery Longcore
Really we need to get off the road??? That's why we park in the street to protect your ass and mine. But I guess you wouldn't have a clue about that would you. Steering wheel holder
Samuel Byler
Samuel Byler
Yes get off the road when possible to be safe for everyone...when you stop on the road some steering wheel holder will hit you and those who are in your care, do you even care??? Sad to say.. But it is true that there r a lot of.....just that, steering wheel holders on the road.
Todd Donaldson
Todd Donaldson
Ive been an owner operator driving truck for over twenty years. And in my professional opinion your an idiot Samuel.
Samuel Byler
Samuel Byler
Why do you say that Todd??
Samuel Byler
Samuel Byler
Im just telling you that if you dont what to get hit that get off the road because there are a lot of drivers that dont pat attention...they drive a big truck with there hat on sideways and hear plugs in their ears, theirs music cranked up and have no clue whats going on around them..o, and they drive in the hammer lane going 65 passing a truck going 66...thats the story on the road now a days.....so if you dont wanta get hit by these guys, get off the raid as far as possible... The shoulder isnt even safe....i see this almost dayly.
Spencer Golden
Spencer Golden
From someone that's on both sides of this situation as a driver and emt. I'd much rather watch one of those fucks, best driver in the world or the worst, run into the fire truck or ambulance that is placed to protect that accident scene than to see any of the people working or involved with that accident get hit. We have bright ass flashing lights for a reason! Slow down and move the fuck over. Plain and simple
Fred Rodriguez
Fred Rodriguez
Condolences to the family RIP
Jw Barnett
Jw Barnett
Freightliner Freightliner Frank Hmmmmm