First responders recover from ambulance crash


LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Two first responders are back on the job after they were hurt in a violent wreck two months ago.

They were taking a patient to the hospital when their ambulance was hit head-on.

In this story you can only see on Eyewitness News, the crash happened in January along Route 315 in Laflin.

State Police said the minivan crossed the yellow line and collided with the Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance.

Mike Ankenbrand was behind the wheel of the ambulance, and Emmett Thomas was treating an 87-year-old patient at the time of the wreck.

Both men suffered serious injuries, but even as they took on tremendous pain, they pushed it aside.

“It was very difficult,” said Thomas.  “But we had to do what we had to do, and the patient that we had was our main concern, no matter what.”

“I look at things a lot differently now,” said Ankenbrand.  “You know when people get into accidents, I have a better understanding, unfortunately, of what they have gone through.”

Margaret Milewski, the patient inside the ambulance, died about a week after that crash.

The driver of the van, Lawrence Morgan, is suspected of driving under the influence.  Eyewitness News is still waiting to hear if any charges will be filed in the case.

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