Indiana Patient, Heading Home, Dies After Ambulance Overturns into Ditch

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Sullivan, IN – A tragic incident occurred on US 41, south of Sullivan, when an ambulance overturned while transporting a patient on the night of Saturday, March 16. 

According to Indiana State Police reports, the accident resulted in the death of Ralph D. Bogard, 68, from Merom, who was being taken home in a non-emergency mode by the Carlisle Lions Community Ambulance Service Inc. (SCAT-4). The vehicle, driven by EMT Amanda S. Padgett, 35, of Sullivan, left the roadway, collided with a ditch and a wire fence, overturned, and landed back on its wheels. 

Bogard was subsequently airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he passed away.

Padgett received treatment for pain at Terre Haute Regional Hospital and was released, while another EMT, Ashley D. Souders, 38, of Carlisle, treated for facial cuts at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, was also released. Authorities are currently investigating the crash.

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