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Emergency Response Criticized After Tulsa Car Accident

Posted on April 25, 2014

A run of the mill car accident in Tulsa, Oklahoma has set off a major controversy about the response time of ambulances. The accident in question involved two cars. One was being driven by an 18-year-old who had his 15-year-old brother in the car as a passenger. The 15-year-old called 911 and then immediately called his parents to let them know what happened. His mother called 911 as well.

The 18-year-old was trapped in the vehicle with serious cuts to his head and face. The wreck occurred very close to their home, so their mother sprinted down the street to get to her children. After getting to the scene, the mother waited for the ambulance to arrive, assuming it would get there quickly.

But it didn’t. The fire department arrived first, and about 30 minutes after she made her call to 911, the ambulance finally arrived to take her 18-year-old to the hospital.

There was little explanation given, and now the EMSA ambulance service involved in this wreck is under fire. Their average response time to a “priority two” emergency takes just under 25 minutes. That in and of itself is shocking, but the fact that they were an additional three minutes late to such an emergency is scary.

Those three minutes — on a different day, under different accident circumstances — could have cost someone their life. This is a grim and unfortunate reminder that, sometimes, the drivers involved in the car accident are the only party that can be held liable for a person’s harm or death in said accident.

Source: KJRH, “Tulsa family calls out EMSA over delayed response to their sons’ car accident,” Will Dupree, April 25, 2014

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