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UPDATE: Looking at 911 response times in St. Landry Parish

Posted: 6:47 PM, Jun 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-19 19:47:22-04

We have new information from the ambulance company that responded to a call about a tree falling on children in St. Landry Parish over the weekend.

The family has said it was nearly an hour before anyone responded and they want answers.

It happened on East South Street just before five in the evening. Two children are still in hospitals tonight both recovering from surgery. Another child is back at home recovering from a broken arm.

Family members tell us they ended up taking the children to the hospital themselves, saying they worried the children may not have made it had they waited for an ambulance to take them to the hospital.

St. Landry Communications District, Acadian Ambulance and St. Landry EMS all agree, the call came in around 4:42 pm to the St. Landry Communications District. That’s when they dispatched Acadian Ambulance.

Acadian said they were already working several calls and were completely booked, so they asked St. Landry EMS to take the call, and they did. 

St. Landry EMS showed me GPS records that show they got to the scene about ten minutes after they were dispatched, which they said put them on scene 16 minutes after the first call. However, the children were already gone. 

The ambulance left the scene for good Sunday at 5:08 without bringing anyone to the hospital.

Meanwhile, the family says all three children are expected to recover.