Child dies after paramedics too slow to Detroit accident scene

The boy’s legs were crushed, and he was convulsing.

About 14 years old, the boy was dying at a car accident scene on Detroit’s east side Tuesday evening. Neighbors rushed to the wreckage and tried to resuscitate the boy, another child and the adult driver.

At the scene, an EMS supervisor arrived about seven minutes after the crash and tended to the victims.

After waiting at least 15 minutes for an ambulance that didn’t show up, firefighters placed the seizing boy in a fire truck and rushed to Children’s Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
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The other child also died, and Wednesday morning the driver was in critical condition.

Slow ambulance times are nothing new in Detroit. Although the city received donations of new ambulances last year, they are breaking down at alarming rates, and repairs are slow.

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But help is on the way. Mayor Mike Duggan’s office said 18 new ambulances have been ordered, and 22 new paramedics are expected to be on the streets by the end of the month.
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“Five new ambulances will be delivered in August and 13 more by the end of this year,” mayoral spokeswoman Alexis Wiley said. “We will also begin another training academy in August.” 

Police said Tuesday’s car accident happened at 9:20 p.m. The driver, they said, was speeding with the children in the car and crashed into a semi-truck at a high rate of speed. 
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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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