Crash damages SHFAD ambulance, injures medic

A Sweet Home paramedic was injured in a crash involving a Sweet Home ambulance Saturday morning, April 27, just east of Lebanon on Highway 20.

“There was a transport going on Medic 21 to Lebanon Community Hospital,” said Fire Chief Dave Barringer. Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District personnel observed and avoided a collision in front of the ambulance.

According to an Oregon State Police report, the collision involved four vehicles that were traveling westbound on Highway 20 just after 10 a.m.

According to OSP, a white GMC pickup truck driven by Thomas Drew Campbell, 79, of Lebanon, was westbound when Campbell started to pull into the center lane to go to a yard sale. He slowed to change lanes, but stayed in his lane, then continued in his lane and was struck from behind by a blue Toyota driven by David Jacob St. Onge, 24, of Sweet Home.

Police said at that point traffic behind the collision braked sharply, including the SHFAD ambulance, driven by Jonathan LeMar, 29, and it was struck by a Subaru driven by Kelsey Marie Holly, 29, of Scio.

The ambulance has significant damage, Barringer said, and one paramedic, Tanner Funk, was transported to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The crash blocked westbound lanes on the highway, according to the police report. Both Holly and St. Onge were cited, according to the report. Holly was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with “non-life-threatening injuries,” police said.