Trooper Brad Arterburn
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 5, Campbellsburg
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One Killed, Three Injured in Collision Involving Ambulance
Date of News Release: 07/24/2012
(Glencoe, KY) – A collision between a Gallatin County ambulance and an SUV has killed one person and sent three others to the hospital. The crash occurred at approximately 10:00 a.m. on Highway 127 North in Gallatin County. An SUV driven by Hunter LeGrand (22 years old from Warsaw, KY) was traveling north on Highway 127 when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck the ambulance head on. The ambulance, carrying two EMT's and a patient, flipped and landed on its roof in the roadway. LeGrand was flown by Air Methods, Inc. to the University of Cincinnati Hospital. LeGrand was wearing a seat belt and had to be extricated from the vehicle. He is suspected of driving under the influence of drugs. An EMT who was in the back of the ambulance at the time of the collision, David Waltz (25 years old from Carrollton, KY), was flown by PHI, Inc. to the University of Cincinnati Hospital. The driver of the ambulance, Justin Shields (21 years old from Ghent, KY), was transported by Gallatin County EMS to the University of Cincinnati Hospital. The patient in the ambulance, John Little (59 years old from Dry Ridge, KY), was transported by Gallatin County EMS to the University of Cincinnati Hospital where he died from his injuries. Charges against LeGrand are pending.
Trooper Dusty Corbin, an accident reconstructionist, is leading the ongoing investigation into the crash. Trooper Corbin was assisted at the scene by the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, Gallatin County EMS, Glencoe Fire and Rescue, Warsaw Police Department, Gallatin County Fire Department, New Liberty Fire Department, Walton EMS, and Verona EMS.