Milford Police: Upton Woman Killed in Ambulance Crash

A paramedic received minor injuries in the crash.

Milford Police at the scene. Credit: Milford Police
Milford Police at the scene. Credit: Milford Police
UPDATED: An Upton woman died Tuesday after the ambulance in which she was riding was struck by a sedan on Route 140, and rolled over, according to Milford Police.

The patient survived the crash initially, but died after arriving at Milford Regional Medical Center, said Milford Police Deputy Chief Jim Heron. One of two paramedics in the ambulance received minor injuries in the crash, he said.

The woman was identified by police as Karen Scott, 58, of Upton. She was being transported by the Community EMS ambulance after undergoing a medical treatment at a nearby clinic, said Milford Police Sgt. John Sanchioni.

An initial investigation determined a woman driving a Mercedes sedan failed to stop at the stop sign at Green Street and Route 140, and traveled into the path of the ambulance, which was heading north, toward the hospital, Heron said.

The ambulance was spun around and flipped over before coming to rest against a guard rail near the Green Street Auto Spa. The Mercedes came to rest across Route 140, on Green Street.

The paramedic in the back of the ambulance with the female patient was injured, but the injuries were described as minor. The paramedic driving the ambulance was not hurt, Heron said.

He did not know if the ambulance was traveling with activated emergency lights or a siren. The ambulance was heading for Milford Regional Medical Center at the time of the crash.

The paramedics are employed by Marlborough-based Community EMS, a private company under contract to the town of Milford. In a statement, the company president on Tuesday expressed concern for the family and friends of the patient, and said the company was cooperating with authorities.

"An initial investigation has determined that the driver of the other vehicle failed to stop for a posted stop sign and struck the rear of our Ambulance causing it to flip and roll over before coming to rest against a guard rail," wrote Randy Jusseaume.

"At this early stage of the investigation, we have no additional information available other than what has been reported by the local authorities," he wrote. "This is an active and ongoing investigation and we fully intend to assist and cooperate with all of the involved authorities."

As a result of the crash and the investigation, Route 140 was shut down in both directions, with police diverting traffic at the Route 16 intersection, and at Green Street.

The Worcester County District Attorney's Office is investigating the crash.

The woman driving the Mercedes sedan, Lisa Zemack of Framingham, will be charged with a civil violation related to not stopping at the stop sign, Sanchioni said.

No decision has been made on whether additional charges will be brought, said Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin. The investigation is being handled by the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Crash Reconstruction team.

The intersection has had several serious crashes in the past several months, including one involving a Milford police officer in August. The police cruiser was struck while traveling north on Rte. 140 when a driver, heading west on Green Street, failed to stop at the stop sign. The officer was injured but has since recovered and returned to work.

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Amanda coleman January 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Is that the ambulance that transports the dyalasis patients daily from marlboro
MilfordMomof3 January 21, 2014 at 01:03 PM
Why are there so many accidents up on that small stretch of 140?
Amanda coleman January 21, 2014 at 01:04 PM
Sorry, I meant dialysis
ohnoudidnt January 21, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Another "distracted" driver...so sad
Deb January 21, 2014 at 01:35 PM
There needs to be a light at that intersection. There have been way too many accidents there over the years. The stop signed just don't work! I avoid that stretch and take back roads so I do not need to go near there.
Nerina January 21, 2014 at 01:59 PM
I was wondering the same thing, that it may have been a dialysis patient.
Michael Soares January 21, 2014 at 02:23 PM
If someone doesn't stop for a stop sign I'm not sure they will stop for a light. Besides its a state road, it took almost a decade to get the light at water st. Maybe they should look at making green a one way?
Amanda coleman January 21, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Water st is still dangerous. Cars turning right or left off of water st don't stop or at times even slow down.
Amanda coleman January 21, 2014 at 03:44 PM
So it is the company i was thinking. They don't actually drive with caution either, they come whipping around the blind curves on Fiske Mill rd several times daily. It didn't surprise me that it was them. And NO they don't have any lights on or siren .
Andrea Ellsworth January 21, 2014 at 04:16 PM
So very sorry for the family's loss. That is a tough intersection and unfortunately an innocent woman lost her life. :(
Phoebe January 21, 2014 at 04:22 PM
,No decision has been made on charges being brought against the driver of the car". Why shouldn't she be charged??? She went thru a stop sign obviously not stopping and caused an accident that killed a person. She should be charged with vehicular homicide.
morlamweb January 21, 2014 at 04:36 PM
@Amanda Coleman, it's too early to say whether the ambulance driver or the other driver was at fault. How can you come to that conclusion so early? And how exactly would lights or siren help when a driver rolls right through a stop sign?
Amanda coleman January 21, 2014 at 04:47 PM
I'm not saying anyone is at fault ,but i have witnessed first hand how they drive so it wouldn't be a surprise that sooner or later something would happen.
Amanda coleman January 21, 2014 at 04:49 PM
I just feel very bad for the victim and her family. Terrible tragedy
Not a Townie January 21, 2014 at 04:49 PM
the ambulance (or any car) has the right of way when traveling Cape Road. why would they use lights / siren in a non-emergency?
Ralph January 21, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Just saw a security camera video of the accident on TV (ch 7)- Driver of the Mercedes was at fault w/o question- She ran the stop sign and rammed the rear of the Ambulance, the ambulance went into a spin and rolled. Ambulance did not appear to be speeding at all. There are so many security cameras out there- !
K DeLuca January 21, 2014 at 06:33 PM
What's next? Railroad gates at every stop sign? There is no excuse for not stopping at a stop sign...so many people have been killed by careless drivers....Green St & 140, fruit and south Main...stop means stop! and if the driver claims she didn't know the area? that sign in particular is right in front of you...thank goodness for the security camera. My prayers are with the family of the victim.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) January 21, 2014 at 09:10 PM
No name calling on the site, thanks. Those posts will be deleted.
Jonathan Brown January 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM
As the victim of somebody running the stop sign on Green street several years ago. The problem is the way that section of Green Street flares out. The stop sign is to the right headed up the hill. They need to put an island at the intersection with stop sign and flashing red light.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) January 22, 2014 at 02:17 PM
The Worcester County DA has announced charges today for the driver of the sedan. See this story: http://milford-ma.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/driver-in-fatal-milford-ambulance-crash-to-face-motor-vehicle-homicide-charge


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