MT. VERNON — An Ina squad car collided with an ambulance en route to Good Samaritan Regional Health Center shortly before 7:30 p.m. Friday near the hospital’s entrance.
According to a police report, Ina officer Anthony Amato had positioned himself in the intersection at 42nd Street and Veterans Memorial Drive to block traffic. Amato told police his vehicle was stopped when it was struck by the Litton’s Ambulance, driven by Ryan Clinton of Walnut Hill. Clinton told police Amato turned to the right into the path of the ambulance. Ryan also told police he made an evasive maneuver to the left to avoid the collision, but was unsuccessful. The ambulance struck the squad car in the rear, the report stated.
No injuries were reported.
The ambulance was transporting a baby not breathing to the hospital. The seven week old baby that was being brought to the hospital from a truck stop in Ina was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Coroner Eddie Joe Marks said an autopsy showed the baby died from natural causes.
Officers performed CPR at the truck stop until paramedics arrived.
The family, reportedly from Georgia, had stopped at the truck stop when the baby’s mother realized the infant was not breathing.
Authorities noted it has been raising and road conditions were slick.