ELLSWORTH, Maine — A driver from a Bangor ambulance company was run over by his own transport van Thursday morning outside Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, according to an Ellsworth Police Department accident report.
Paul Knowlton, 71, of Bangor is a driver for Capital Ambulance. Around 11:45 a.m. Thursday, he was dropping off an elderly patient and a certified nursing assistant for a routine checkup at the hospital’s emergency entrance, Officer Rick Roberts said on Friday.
Knowlton — along with the patient and the CNA, Samantha Miller — got out of the van, but he had forgotten to put the vehicle in park, according to the report. Roberts said all three were near the hospital’s doors when Miller noticed the van was rolling forward.
Knowlton “was going to run around the front, and get in the door, but as soon as he got to the front of it, he tripped and fell face down, and the van ran him over,” Roberts said.
Roberts described Knowlton as a “big, tough guy,” and said that after the van had pinned him, the driver was dragged or pushed about 40 feet before the van hit a bush and stopped.
Miller ran over and put the van in reverse, then freed Knowlton from underneath, the report states.
Knowlton was taken inside by hospital staff, where he was “treated for severe road burns to his face and right shoulder.” He since has been treated and released, and is healing at home, according to a hospital representative.
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Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Knowlton was driving an ambulance. He was actually driving a transport van.