Paramedic seriously injured in Souris collision recovering in hospital; family issues statement
Published Thursday, January 12, 2012 5:58PM CST
A paramedic injured in a crash near Souris earlier in January has been upgraded to stable condition in hospital.
The crash happened on PR 250 on Jan. 5.
At the time of the collision, the ambulance was transporting a patient in a non-emergency call from Melita to Brandon.
Witnesses suggested it appeared the driver of a southbound car crossed the centre line and collided with the ambulance. The 54-year-old driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two paramedics and a patient in the ambulance were rushed to hospital with injuries from the collision.
The first paramedic, Gene Banks, was sent to hospital with critical injuries, but relatives said Jan. 12 he is now in stable.
The second paramedic, Rick Bugg, was released from hospital after being treated but has returned to be by his partner's side while he recovers.
The families of both paramedics released a statement on Jan. 12.
"Words cannot describe the overwhelming feeling of love and support we have received since the accident. We are sure to pass every prayer and wish that we receive to Rick and Gene," read the statement.
The families also thanked the emergency crews and everyone else who helped them at the time of the collision.
Investigators examine the scene of a collision involving an ambulance near Souris, Man. on Jan. 5, 2012.