Patient dies after ambulance is hit by SUV, overturns

GLENCOE, Ky. - A patient who was being taken to an area clinic for medical treatment died Tuesday after the ambulance he was riding in was struck by another vehicle and overturned in Northern Kentucky.

Two members of the Gallatin County Fire Department were transporting John Little, 59, of Dry Ridge, when an SUV struck the ambulance on U.S. 127 near Tapering Pointe Road in Glencoe just before 10 a.m.

Police say the SUV, driven by Hunter LeGrand, 22, of Warsaw, struck a pole and a mailbox before crossing the center line and colliding with the ambulance head-on.

The ambulance overturned and landed on its roof.

Little was flown to University Hospital by a medical helicopter where he died from his injuries. An EMT who was in the back of the ambulance with Little, David Waltz, 25, of Carrollton, was also flown to University Hospital by a medical helicopter.

The driver of the ambulance, Justin Shields, 21, of Ghent, was transported by another ambulance to University Hospital.

LeGrand had to be extricated from his vehicle before he was flown to University Hospital by a medical helicopter. Police believe he was under the influence of drugs when the accident occurred.

The conditions of the other victims have not been released.

Charges against LeGrand are pending.

The crash remains under investigation.


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