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Ambulance crash cause undetermined

November 25, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - The cause of an ambulance crash in Howard County, Md., last week that resulted in a local paramedic's death and the death of an unborn baby has not been determined as of Wednesday, Maryland State Police Sgt. Thornnie Rouse said.

A Mid-Maryland Medical Transport ambulance was taking a pregnant woman from Washington County Hospital to a medical center in Baltimore on Nov. 18 when the crash occurred at 12:40 p.m. on Interstate 70 west of St. John's Lane in Howard County, Maryland State Police said.

The ambulance driver, Jeanette M. Roseberry, 27, of 18036 Herr Lane, west of Boonsboro, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Three others inside the ambulance, including the patient, were injured. Roseberry's funeral was Tuesday.

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Police identified the injured as patient Maria M. Williams, 22, of the 400 block of Sumans Avenue in Hagerstown; ambulance attendant John H. Bagley Jr., 34, of the 500 block of Church Street in Hagerstown; and nurse Robin A. Banfe, 31, of the 11000 block of Crystal Falls Drive in Smithsburg.

A University of Maryland Shock Trauma spokeswoman said Wednesday afternoon that Williams and Banfe were both listed in serious, but stable condition. She said Bagley was transferred from the hospital Tuesday to Washington County Hospital. He was listed in good condition there Wednesday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Rouse said that William's unborn child died as a result of the accident.

Police said Roseberry was driving a 2001 Ford ambulance east on I-70 when it traveled through the center grass median and collided with a flatbed tractor-trailer in the westbound lanes of the interstate. Banfe, a nurse riding in the back of the Mid-Maryland Medical Transport ambulance, was thrown from the ambulance upon impact.

Rouse said police have not heard from the state medical examiner's office regarding Roseberry's autopsy and whether a medical condition contributed to the accident.

Roseberry didn't have a medical condition that would have caused problems with driving, said her uncle, Craig Hood, the family's spokesman. He said she had a physical in August before taking the job at Mid-Maryland Medical Transport and was cleared to drive ambulances.

The state police "crash team," which reconstructed the accident, has not finished a report on the crash, Rouse said.

He said police will check the ambulance for any "mechanical issues" before they finish their report.

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