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Emergency crews responded to a crash involving an ambulance in Newark Tuesday morning around 10:30 a.m.
Newark fire officials said the crash was on state Route 13 north of N. Vernon Avenue.
Authorities said a Richard F. Little, 93, was killed in the crash.
Witness Brandy Tanner got the shock of her life.
“I was just getting gas, and I was getting ready to pull out. I look up, and I saw the red car pull out, and the van just smacked right into it,” said Tanner.
Tanner ran toward the horrific scene to see if she could help.
“I just ran, that's all I could think, is to get over there, and get in there and help as soon as I can and do what you can,” she said.
She first went to the driver of the car.
“He was moving. He was reaching for the window. It looked like he was trying to touch his head,” she said.
But the metal was too twisted to get Little out of the car.
“He was dead almost immediately,” said Sgt. Dave Haren, Newark Police Department. “One of the statements says the witness clearly saw the gentleman not look to his left as he pulled out of the Duke station."
Police said the man appeared to be at fault when he pulled right into the path of the ambulance.
The impact pushed the car about 50 feet down the road.
“Either he didn't see them or was looking at something else. It looks like he was actually attempting to put his seat belt on at the same time,” added Haren.
The driver of the ambulance, a home health care nurse and the patient in the back of the ambulance were transported to the hospital with injuries.
A female EMT was the most seriously injured, and she is currently recovering at the Ohio State Medical Center. She is identified as Bobbie Hendricks, 42.
The names of those involved were not immediately released.
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