EMT worker from Sandusky injured in ambulance crash

A North Central EMS worker from Sandusky was injured late Friday when a box trailer struck an ambulance on Ohio 2 in Carroll Township.
Sandusky Register Staff
Mar 10, 2012


A North Central EMS worker from Sandusky was injured late Friday when a box trailer struck an ambulance on Ohio 2 in Carroll Township.

Lindsey Rasmussen, 31, was flown by helicopter from the crash scene to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. Her condition wasn’t immediately available, but Allen-Clay Joint Fire District firefighters said she was conscious and talking after the crash.

Rasmussen, an emergency medical technician, was a passenger in an ambulance driven by Steven Gwinner, 38, of Castalia, also an EMT. 

The ambulance was headed east on Ohio 2 at about 10 p.m. when it collided with an oncoming box trailer pulled by a Ford Explorer that had crossed the center line, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Ron Anderson said.

The ambulance did not have its emergency lights on and it was not transporting a patient. 

The collision caused the ambulance to skid before overturning onto its passenger side, Anderson said. It came to rest on the shoulder of the road, about 60 yards from where it struck the trailer.

Gwinner sustained minor injuries and was able to exit the wreckage on his own.

Debris inside the vehicle, however, had pinned Rasmussen to the passenger seat, Allen-Clay fire Chief Bruce Moritz said. Firefighters worked for about 30 minutes to free her.

“Once we removed the windshield and got the debris out of the way, it didn’t take that long to get her out,” Allen-Clay fire Capt. Keith Hemminger said.

A medical helicopter landed about 100 yards from the scene, near the entrance to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, and picked up Rasmussen. Gwinner was transported by ambulance to a Toledo hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening, troopers said.

The driver of the SUV — Jeffrey Szkutnik, 52, of Toledo — was cited for left of center.

“It almost felt like a premonition,” Szkutnik said. “There was an oncoming car ... it just seemed so close. I thought, ‘Give him some room.’ So I steered away to give him room, and then it happened so fast — pow."

The ambulance and trailer collided, but the SUV didn’t have a scratch.

Szkutnik said he turned his vehicle around and went to the ambulance, where he saw Rasmussen trapped inside.  

“She was conscious and sobbing and wanted her phone, probably to call who was close to her, her family,” he said.

Szkutnik said he just purchased the trailer this week. Friday was the first time he had ever pulled it. He was headed back from Pennsylvania with plant products.


Kottage Kat

Lindsey and Steve   Praying for you both.      Kat


thanks for your prayers.  first thing I did when I woke up this morning at the hospital was check the comments on SR.

Kottage Kat

Unassumer,  Hope you both are OK, what a wild ride. Continuing in prayer.  N C EMS special people doing a special job. Keep me posted on how you both are doing.  Huggz       Kat

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Praying for a speedy recovery for both.


What a scary situation. I hope all are doing well.


Just wanted to say thanks for all the well wishs. I'm just glad to see my partner is ok. 

Seen it All

Prayers to both for a speedy recovery!   So thankful it wasn't any worse than it was.


The driver of the explorer, what a loser.  Nice that you got yourself on video trying to make it sound like you weren't at fault.  Shame on you!!! You almost killed two very good EMS workers and all you can think about is getting your face on camera and trying to make it sound like it was the crews fault.  I hate to tell you buddy the OSP didn't see it your way, you went left of center and then when you over corrected the inertia caused the trailer to hurl into the side of the ambulance.  Time to man up, but hey what more can you expect from someone from Michigan.  Good luck Steve and Lindsey, get well soon.  As for Mr. Scumnik, I hope you have top notch insurance because you totalled an $80K ambulance, and the cost for lifeflight is around $10K, not including the crews current and future medical bills.  You would have done better to keep your mouth shut.


thank God no one was hurt more seriously than they were.  Good luck to the two who WERE injured.  We were at Magruder last night when they brought the one man in.  Good luck to you BOTH


Could I please ask those of you who pray for a big favor????

 Last night (Friday night) I was at Magruder ER.  The EMT's were there, as was a little baby seriously injured in still  another accident....(.no names.....I don't know it anyway)  

Please pray for him and for his speedy recovery...for his parents and grandparents.  I never heard such a plantive cry as that mother, praying to God to let her child live.

If you believe in prayer, as I see many of you do, please pray for his recovery along with these EMT's recoveries from this accident. 

Thank you so much.  I am sure the parents and grandparents would be grateful for the prayers. 

I told the grandmother we would be praying for them and she thanked me.  So I sure they will not mind.  You can never have too many prayers. 

Kottage Kat


Prayers for this family said as I type this. Please let us know if you hear and outcome. A mothers anguish over a sick or injured child is heartbreaking. Thank you for the oppurtunity to pray for them.   Kat


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 I find this to be offensive! Two emts damn near lost thier life's after helping someone in need. Then you have the nerve to say something like this? Maybe all the Emt in the area will read this and rember what you said when it comes time for you to call for help! Enough said!


Has anyone heard how the EMT's are doing?  I have not heard a THING about that baby so no news must be good news. 

I hope the EMT's are ok and doing better. 

Thanks, Kat for your prayers.....greatly appreciated. 




They are doing well.  Battered and bruised recovering at home..... but hanging in there.   Their spirits are good!  They have a great family there at NCEMS to support them let alone the support from the rest of the public safety community.  No matter where you work in public safety, you can always count on your fellow sisters and brothers.


Dear Public and Knuckle....thanks so much for the update.  I was at Magruder right after they brought them in.....I know how much the staff at Mag, and everyone involved was concerned and that life flight had flown one.  It is gratefying to know that they are doing well.

These people put their lives on the line for those in need so often and I bet they get a "thank you" about one in ever thousand or so times.  But I will tell you this, the community never stops thinking about all they do for us. 

Thanks for your efforts, your response times and your true caring about your jobs.  Thanks for being there in EVER imaginable sense for those in need. 

I , for one, am glad to know that when I dial 911, someone is there to take the call and to take care.  God Bless you all. 

Kottage Kat


Thank you for the update, I was going to call KR and check to see how they were doing. Looking at the pictures, God was in this one. And what a blessing for all.  Again Thank you      Kat


They didn't almost lose their 'lifes' and sending prayers on a newspaper website is not the way to do it.  Send a card, an email or make a phone call.  Or just pray.  People in accidents don't get on here and read this.  So you all missed the point, but that doesn't surprise me at all.


 Ok reporter54 I'm about to set your record strait! Do fire fighters and Emt that are involved in this kind of thing read the articles? You bet they do! So there was mistake number one! Number two did they loose their life's? No! Where they lucky to be alive? Yes! I seen the wreckage first hand the pictures that is here on the website does not do it justice! When something travels down the side of something and rips it open like a tin can you tell me how lucky they where! So before you make another stupid comment you had better think twice about what you are going to say, because if you haven't figured it out by now we are a close group of people. So with that being said you better think before you say something again! ENOUGH SAID (from someone that was there that night!)


 @Reporter54, I can assure you that both of the EMTs that were injured have read these comments and also commented.  If you think people don't read a story in the paper when they are the subject of it, you are sadly mistaken. Having seen the wreckage up close, they are lucky, it could have been much worse, and you don't know what you are talking about.  Now maybe you should find something better to do before I call your parents.  Teenagers...Geez!!!