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AMBULANCE PATIENT DIED FROM INJURIES IN WRECK

November 12, 1997

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The owner of a bull that was struck by an ambulance last weekend may never be found, an investigator says.

An 80-year-old man who was killed after an ambulance he was riding in struck a bull last weekend died from injuries in the accident, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.

KHP Trooper Robert Mitchell said an autopsy and physical evidence at the scene indicated that Orvil E. Fisher, rural Baldwin, suffered "multiple blunt-force injuries" in the accident, including a blow to the head.

Fisher had called a Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical ambulance to take him to Lawrence Memorial Hospital because he was having trouble breathing, his daughter and a neighbor said. The call was not considered an emergency.

The ambulance struck the bull about 1:30 a.m. Saturday about nine miles south of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 59.

Three paramedics were injured in the accident. They were treated at area hospitals and released.

Mitchell, who investigated the accident, said the black bull was standing in the northbound lane of U.S. 59 when the ambulance crested a hill.

The driver, he said, attempted to avoid the animal and swerved to miss it.

"There was oncoming traffic, and he had to swerve back, otherwise there would have been a head-on," Mitchell said.

The ambulance overturned, coming to rest on its top.

Meanwhile, the owner of the bull, which was killed in the accident, may never be determined, Mitchell said.

The bull had no brand or other identifying marks, he said.

"I've talked to everybody in that area, and no one knows who the owner is," he said. "Unless there is someone who is willing to step forward and say it was theirs, all we're going to have is speculation."

There is no indication two miles north or south of the accident of a fence being broken, Mitchell said.

Since the accident, several people have called about other car-animal accidents in the area, he said.

Mitchell said he has interviewed the owners of those animals and has determined that none of them owned the bull struck in Saturday's accident.

Anyone who has specific information about the owner of the bull is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff's office at 841-0007 or the KHP at (785) 296-3102.

-- MIchael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is dekker@ljworld.com.

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