Ambulance, Car Crash at Bretzville Junction

Bretzville (NNDC) – Both vehicles were totaled and both drivers, two passengers, and one patient suffered minor injuries when an ambulance and automobile collided Thursday morning at the Bretzville Junction, the intersection of state roads 64 and 162.

Austin E. Hagan, 20, of Chrisney, was driving an ambulance transporting William Luebbehusen, 49, of Ferdinand. The automobile was driven by Riva A. Stenftenagle, 23, of Saint Anthony. Her passengers were her two children, Kaia M. Stenftenagle, 4, and Zane M. Schneider, 16 months.

Investigating police accident report states Hagan was north bound on SR 162 in a 2009 Chevrolet ambulance. Stenftenagel was west bound on SR 64 in her 2004 Lincoln Navigator. As the ambulance approached the intersection the light turned red. Hagan disregarded the automatic signal and proceeded through the intersection on the red light. Stenftenagel proceeded through the intersection west bound on the green light, and was struck by the Dubois County EMS ambulance. The resulting impact caused the Stenftenagel vehicle to spin around and come to rest in the northbound lane of SR 162 facing south. The ambulance came to rest in the east bound turn lane facing north. There was a patient that was being treated in the rear of the ambulance. That patient was transported from the scene to Memorial Hospital in Jasper by another ambulance that was dispatched. Luebbenhusen was treating the patient in the rear of the ambulance and was not belted in and because of that was also injured. Stenftenagel’s two children were in rear of her vehicle in child safety seats, which lessoned there injuries greatly. While Stenftenagel was being treated by Emergency Services for her injuries, she told the deputies on scene that her license and registration was in her vehicle somewhere. While attempting to locate her registration, marijuana was located in the vehicle and a subsequent blood test at Memorial Hospital showed that she was positive for marijuana. She was then released from Memorial Hospital and transported to the Dubois County Security Center and charged with Possession of Marijuana and OWI (controlled substance). Hagan was written a citation for disregarding an automatic signal. 

Hagan suffered abrasions to his wrist, Luebbenhusen abrasions to his face, Riva Stenftenagel complained of pain to her head and neck, Kaia Stenftenagle complained of neck pains, and Schneider suffered an abrasion to the right side of her chest.

 

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