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Three medics were injured, a patient being transported and a semi truck driver were shaken up quite a bit when a IU Health LifeLine Ambulance ran into the back of a semi truck in Blackford County on Monday morning injuring multi.

Just after 10:00 a.m., Blackford County 9-1-1 Dispatch received several 9-1-1 calls reporting a crash involving a semi truck and an IU Health LifeLine Ambulance at the intersection of State Road 3 and County Road 300 S.

When Blackford County Sheriff Jeff Sones arrived at the scene he immediately thought the worst, “I thought the driver would be.. dead on scene.”

According to a report from the Blackford County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred as the ambulance was on an emergency patient transfer from IU Health Blackford Community Hospital in Hartford City to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. A 2007 Freightliner semi being operated by Scott Townsend (52) of Hartford City was traveling southbound on State Road 3, slowed and was in the process of making a left (east) turn onto County Road 300 S. The 2019 Ford IU Health ambulance which was being driven by Shawn Blair (40) of Selma, also traveling southbound on State Road 3, in the northbound lane. Blair attempted to miss colliding with the semi by traveling back into the southbound lane but struck the rear of the semi-trailer. The impact forced the semi off the southeast corner of the intersection and the ambulance sustained significant damage to the front end and with flying debris all across the roadway and neighboring yards. A resident of one of those neighboring yards stated the sound of the impact of the ambulance hitting the back of the semi sounded like a “bomb going off.”

Blair and two other medics, Travis Huff (25) of Hartford City and Tamara McCammon (50) of Hartford City and the on-board patient were all transported to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Townsend was shaken up but not physically injured. The on-board patients name was not released. 

Reports state that the driver of the ambulance, Blair, had to be cut out of the wrecked vehicle and that he and the two other medics were awake and talking to their rescuers onsite.

The Blackford County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the crash investigation by the Hartford City Police Department and the Indiana State Police. Also responding to the crash was Hartford City Fire/ Rescue, IU Health LifeLine EMS, Eaton EMS, Eaton Police Department, Eaton Fire Department and Delaware County EMS.

When the News-Times reached out to IU Health for a statement on the matter they stated they are “not releasing a statement at this time.”

The crash remains under investigation. The report said authorities don’t believe alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.