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County cleared in ambulance crash

Published fredag 28 november 2014 kl 11.59
Ambulans har kört av vägen och krockat med en stolpe. Motorhuven har blivit mycket bucklig. Foto: Joel Wendle/Sveriges Radio
A court found the county was not responsible for the worker's crash. Photo: Joel Wendle/Sveriges Radio

A court dismissed charges against Västra Götaland county on Friday that alleged the region was responsible for overworking the medic who fell asleep at the wheel of an ambulance after a nearly 24-hour shift.

It was in the summer 2010 that the employee crashed an ambulance, which was transporting a patient and another colleague, into a rock wall along the side of a road outside the western town of Trollhättan.

It was revealed that the driver had worked almost an entire day at the time of the wreck, Swedish Radio's local channel in Uddevalla reports.

The region was charged with breaking workplace safety laws and causing bodily harm. But, in order for the county to be found guilty, prosecutors had to demonstrate that it was running a business operation.

According to the Gothenburg district court, Västra Götaland was not operating a business since medical care is a mandatory service provided by the county and financed by taxes.

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