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Missouri Emergency Service Vehicle Crashes, 2009

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Based primarily on data obtained from Missouri's State-wide Traffic Accident Records System, this report presents 2009 data on the magnitude, severity, and characteristics of traffic crashes in the State that involved emergency service vehicles.
In 2009, there were 1,469 traffic crashes of emergency service vehicles, which involved 1,513 emergency service vehicles. Four persons were killed and 380 persons were injured in these crashes. Of the 1,513 emergency service vehicles involved, 341 (22.5 percent) were engaged in an emergency run at the time of the crash, which means that the accident delayed or prevented the unit from responding to the original emergency situation. Police vehicles were involved in 73.9 percent of the 2009 traffic crashes, due largely to the fact that there were a significantly greater number of police vehicles in operation compared to ambulances and fire vehicles. In addition, many law police units patrol roadways throughout their shift. Twelve percent of the crashes involved fire vehicles, and 12.6 percent were ambulances. 56 tables and 5 figures