Ambulance Accident Causes Known

By: Bill Martens
By: Bill Martens

Investigators have been working hard the last couple of months to get to the bottom of why that Mosinee ambulance turned over, killing a patient and injuring three emergency workers. They now have some answers.

Ever since July 31, people have been wondering what exactly caused an ambulance to turn over on Interstate 39 in Rothschild. At a news conference at the Rothschild Police Department, chief Bill Schremp said the driver, Jason J. Taboyek, was driving too fast for conditions, the two outside back tires needed to be replaced, and a wet highway collectively played a role in the wreck.

Police say when heavy rain started falling, the driver did slow down, but eventually lost control of the vehicle, killing the patient inside, 52-year-old David Nicewander, and injuring the workers.

"You got major damage in the back with the patient," says an eyewitness in a 9-1-1 call. "We need major help down here."

One thing that may not ever be known was how fast the ambulance was going when it crashed, partially because there were no marks on the road.

"As a vehicle starts losing control, it'll go sideways down the highway, it'll kind of rotate a bit," says Deputy James Toth of the Marathon County Sheriff's Department. "If there are marks there, you can take some calculations and come up with a speed for the vehicle. However, due to the road being wet, there were no marks on the road."

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