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Ambulance, fire truck involved in crashes

Ambulance, fire truck involved in crashes

This Hazel Green ambulance was heavily damaged in a crash in Jamestown Wednesday afternoon.

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POSTED October 23, 2012 11:31 a.m.

A Hazel Green ambulance and a Montfort fire truck were involved in separate crashes last week.

The ambulance was damaged in a rollover crash on Rock Cut Road north of Wisconsin 11 in Jamestown Wednesday afternoon.

Hazel Green EMS received a call for a person who had collapsed at a residence on Rock Cut Road Wednesday after noon, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

The ambulance was on the way to a hospital when the driver of the ambulance, Ryan C. Fields, 25, lost control on a sharp curve on Rock Cut Road around 12:40 p.m., according to the sheriff’s department. The ambulance went into the ditch on the east side of Rock Cut Road and tipped over.

Fields and EMT Julie A. Neis, 51, were taken to Mercy Health Center in Dubuque by Hazel Green’s alternate ambulance. Another EMT, Thomas F. Robson, 65, was treated at the scene.

The patient was taken by Dickeyville EMS to Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Jamestown First Responders assisted Hazel Green EMS at the initial call. The Dickeyville police, Jamestown Fire Department and Wisconsin State Patrol assisted at the ambulance crash.

Then, on Thursday, a Montfort fire truck was hit by a man arrested for drunk driving on U.S. 18 near Montfort.

The Montfort Fire Department and EMS were called to a one-vehicle crash on 18 around 8:55 p.m. Danielle Strunz, 25, Fennimore, was driving west on 18 when the vehicle lost traction and spun into a corn field, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Strunz was not injured, and the car had minor damage.

Around 9:30 p.m., a car driven by Frederick S. Klusendorf, 54, Monroe, was going east on 18 when it collided with the fire truck.

Klusendorf was arrested for drunk driving and was taken to Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville for medical clearance and a blood draw. He was then taken to the Grant County Jail for booking.

Klusendorf’s passenger, Christy Sonderegger, 52, Monroe, and two Montfort Fire Department firefighters, Derek S. Rice, 25, and William F. Esser, 66, both of Montfort, were also transported to Upland Hills Health for minor injuries.

Klusendorf is being charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and causing bodily harm with a motor vehicle.

Fennimore EMS assisted at the fire truck crash scene.

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