Eagle teen dies after being hit by an ambulance
GYPSUM – An Eagle teen died after he was struck by an ambulance Wednesday night on Highway 6 near Gypsum.Joseph Creek, 16, a sophomore at Red Canyon High School, died after he sustained numerous injuries including a severe head injury, said Cpl. Dennis Gibbons of the State Patrol.The driver of the ambulance saw Creek walking east in the road, drove left to try to avoid him, but the ambulance’s right front fender hit the teen, Gibbons said. Creek was walking down the center of the highway, said Sgt. Aaron Laing of the State Patrol. It wasn’t clear to where Creek was going, Laing said.The accident remains under investigation but has been ruled an accident and no criminal charges will be filed, Laing said. It was snowing lightly, and the road was wet at the time of the accident.The ambulance was not responding to a call at the time of the accident and was driving below the speed limit, the State Patrol said. Neither of the two members of the crew was injured in the crash. After the accident, the crew of the ambulance tried “life support efforts,” Gibbons said. Investigators believe Creek had been drinking alcohol, Gibbons said.Creek had attended Red Canyon High School in Eagle since last fall, said Wade Hill, the school’s principal.”Joe was a young man who was full of potential,” Hill said. “He was very kind and a courteous young man, and he will be deeply missed by the students and staff of RCHS.”Creek was a good student and had never had disciplinary problems, Hill said.Red Canyon is an alternative high school that has small classes and flexible options to help students earn high-school diplomas.Western Eagle County Ambulance District Manager Chris Dick said the ambulance involved in the accident was going from the Gypsum station to the Eagle station.”Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the 16-year-old that was killed, our crew that was involved and the rest of the staff here at the Western Eagle County Ambulance District,” Dick said.
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