Ambulance tips over following crash in Holland

Posted at 7:32 PM, Jun 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-17 19:32:00-04

HOLLAND, Mich. --Several people were injured in a crash that caused an ambulance to tip over on its side Wednesday evening. It happened just after 6:00 p.m. in the area of 32nd Street and US-31 in Holland.  32nd Street was closed in the area of US-31 following the crash as police investigated.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office said the ambulance tipped over with a patient inside. Family on scene identify the patient as Larry Dsarmo, 62.

Authorities said the patient was in serious condition at the time of the crash. Lorie Rose, a family friend, said Dsarmo was in cardiac arrest when he was being rushed to the hospital. Dsarmo's wife had just given him CPR before he was taken away in the ambulance, Rose said.

"We made it to Holland Hospital and waited for the ambulance, and shortly after they got a call and said that one of their ambulances had been in an accident," she said.

"It just kind of blows my mind that people can go through the intersection when there's an ambulance or any kind of fire truck ambulance going through the intersection. They need to stop."

Family said Dsarmo was rushed to another hospital in Grand Rapids instead and is in stable condition.

The ambulance was heading to the hospital  when it was hit by a truck in the middle of the intersection.  Six people were taken to the hospital. There were four rescue personnel and the patient inside the ambulance.   The driver in the truck, a man form Kalamazoo, was also taken for treatment.