Conn. Ambulance Crash Injures Five, Two Critically

West Haven Paramedics Were Transporting Injured Child

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 1999 - 8 PM NEW HAVEN, Conn.

(AP) -- Four West Haven paramedics and an 8-year-old girl they were transporting to Yale-New Haven Hospital were injured when their ambulance collided with a car near the hospital.

The girl was being taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure following a car-pedestrian accident at a school bus stop. Her injuries from that accident were considered minor, but she was in critical condition following the ambulance crash. Police said the second vehicle collided broadside with the ambulance, knocking the ambulance onto its side.

Three of the medics and the girl were treated at Yale-New Haven, spokesman Ken Best said. James Woodman, 37, from Stratford, was training to take a West Haven job. He was in critical condition. Steven Dillman, 29, was in stable condition. Donald DiBianco, 40, was released after treatment Tuesday night.

The name of the injured girl, who was in critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit, was not released.