Ambulance crash kills passenger en route to nursing home

DUNKIRK (AP) — Authorities say a 77-year-old western New York man has died after the ambulance transporting him from a Pennsylvania hospital to a nursing home crashed into a ditch.

New York State Police say an EmergyCare ambulance left the road at about 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, entered a ditch and hit a culvert in the Chautauqua County town of Dunkirk, 35 miles southwest of Buffalo.

Troopers say the ambulance was taking Arthur McArthur, of Dunkirk, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Erie to a nursing home in Chautauqua County. Police say McArthur suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The ambulance’s 49-year-old driver was treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

NYC officials: 1 person dies, 2 ill from rat-related disease

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City health department says one person has died and two others have become severely ill after they contracted a rare disease transmitted by rats.

The three cases occurred in the last two months in a Bronx neighborhood. City officials say it’s the first time a cluster of cases has been identified.

The disease is called leptospirosis.

Infections commonly occur through exposure to rat urine. The disease is rarely spread from person to person. It can be treated with antibiotics.

The city says it’s reducing the rat population in the area and educating residents about the disease.

The New York Times says that from 2006 to 2016, 26 cases were reported in the city; the Bronx had the highest number with eight.