Boy dies after ambulance sent to wrong address

The News Leader

February 20, 2010 10:49:00 AM PST
Authorities say a 6-year-old boy died after a 911 dispatcher hit the wrong computer key and sent an ambulance to Brooklyn instead of Manhattan. Police say the boy's mother dialed 911 on Thursday to report that something was wrong with her son.

Police spokesman Paul Browne says a dispatcher verifying the address appears to have accidentally searched a Brooklyn database instead of a Manhattan one.

Both boroughs have an Avenue C.

The Brooklyn ambulance crew realized quickly that they were in the wrong spot and a second truck was dispatched to the right apartment, but by then 18 minutes had elapsed.

By the time an ambulance arrived, they boy was dead. The cause was under investigation.

Authorities weren't sure if he could have been saved if help arrived sooner.