Updated: December 10, 2012 3:01AM
A man died Sunday morning after he jumped out of an ambulance heading to a hospital on the Northwest Side, authorities said.
Paramedics picked up the man near Mannheim and Irving Park about 5:36 a.m., Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said. On the way to Resurrection Medical Center, the man said he needed to vomit and paramedics gave him a basin, Langford said.
After vomiting, the man got off the gurney and jumped out of the ambulance through the back door, Langford said. The ambulance, which was in sight of Resurrection’s emergency room, stopped and paramedics began treating the man’s new injuries, Langford said, adding that the ambulance was not travelling very fast.
The man suffered a head injury and later died at Resurrection, authorities said. His name was being withheld until authorities notified his family, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Langford said the Chicago Police Department and the Fire Department have launched their own investigations, but a preliminary assessment determined that the paramedics followed the proper treatment protocols.
“It’s a tragedy,” Langford said. “We’re trying to find out why it happened. Our sympathies are with the man’s family.”