Peru, IN – A paramedic was killed in Miami County early Monday morning when an ambulance driver fell asleep behind the wheel during a run.
The Indiana State Police (ISP) said Christine Wesner was driving an ambulance southbound on U.S. 31 at around 3:45 a.m., when she failed to stop at a red light, and crashed into another vehicle.
The driver of the other car had the right of way, and was in the intersection when it was struck by the ambulance.
The impact of the collision caused the ambulance to flip on its side, and paramedic Mousa Chaban was partially ejected from the back of the ambulance, WXIN reported.
Chaban, 32, died from his injuries.
Police said Wesner, 26, was transporting a five-month-old baby and its mother from a hospital in South Bend to a hospital in Indianapolis when the collision occurred.
Neither the baby nor its mother were injured in the crash.
The driver of the Dodge Dart that was struck by the ambulance was hospitalized with a broken collarbone, WNDU reported.
Wesner and Chaban were working for Tri-County Ambulance Service based in Wakarusa at the time of the collision.
Police said the collision was still under investigation, but the preliminary assessment was that neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in the crash.
The Miami County Sheriff’s Department, the Peru Police Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, Miami County EMS, Pipe Creek Fire Department, Galveston Fire Department, and Grissom Fire Department, and the Miami County Emergency Management were all assisting Crash Reconstructionist Team Leader ISP Sergeant Rick Brown with the investigation, according to an update published by the ISP.