Story by Melanie Wilkinson originally published in the York News-Times on Nov. 29.
One person was injured and an ambulance owned by Boone County was totaled in an accident Monday night, Nov. 28, at the intersection of the Highway 81 bypass and Highway 34, just east of the airport and near York, Nebraska.
According to the York County Sheriff’s Department, a 2010 Ford ambulance owned by Boone County was northbound at 9:22 p.m., driven by Randall Bruland, 50, of Albion. Fortunately, at the time of the accident, there was no patient onboard.
At the same time, a 2006 Pontiac Sedan, driven by Manuel A. Gomez-Griego, 32, of Commerce City, Colo., was eastbound on Highway 34 and approaching the intersection. When the Griego vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign, it entered the intersection and the two vehicles collided.
Upon impact, the ambulance was thrown into a light pole and entered the east ditch where it came to rest. The Griego vehicle came to rest in the median.
Bruland told investigators that the Griego vehicle did not slow or stop at the intersection. Griego said his brakes failed and he was unable to stop.
Injured in the accident was a passenger in the Griego vehicle, Alberto Griego, 25. He was transported to York General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Both vehicles were totaled. The estimated value of the ambulance was $200,000. The value of the Griego vehicle was estimated at $7,000.
Griego was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign. Alcohol was not suspected as being a factor in the accident.