Meriter NICU ambulance involved in single-vehicle crash

Crash happened on Highway 26 near Rosendale, officials say

Published On: Jul 10 2013 02:35:58 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 11 2013 03:57:00 PM CDT
ROSENDALE, Wis. -

A Meriter Neonatal Intensive Care Unit transport ambulance flipped over after a single-vehicle crash on Highway 26 near Rosendale on Wednesday.

The five-member Meriter NICU transport team was on its way to pick up a NICU patient in Appleton, according to a release.

Officials said a neonatal physician was flown to Neenah with significant head injuries and a registered nurse was sent to Fond du Lac with minor injuries, and a respiratory therapist was taken to Waupun with minor injuries.

Officials said two other passengers were uninjured. No patients were on board.

Officials at Meriter said the driver may have over corrected and that's how the ambulance ended up on its side.

“Everybody but the physician has fairly minor injuries and the driver told us everybody was wearing a seatbelt. So I’m not sure what happened to the driver,” said Mike Flaherty, Meriter public affairs director.

Flaherty said the team involved in the crash is a partnership between UW and Meriter hospitals that drives around the southern half of the state to transport NICU babies.

“It’s a great program, excellent track record for safety. The driver involved actually trains our other drivers and trains EMTs around the area, so he’s very experienced and knows what he’s doing,” said Flaherty.

“It was a 3-year-old ambulance in top shape; a beautiful piece of equipment, a trained driver, and it was a tragic accident,” said Flaherty.

Flaherty said it was a non-emergency run and the driver wasn’t speeding.

A UW Health spokesman said this is an unfortunate reminder of the risks associated with the work this medical team does every day.