WEST FARGO — An ambulance got stuck in heavy snow Sunday, Dec. 29, responding to a report of a pregnant woman in labor, prompting emergency crews to work together to help her.
However, the expecting mother's pains ended up being a false alarm. The pregnant woman, who asked that her name not be published, told The Forum that it turned out she was not in labor, but was passing a kidney stone.
Heavy snow, at places nearly a foot deep, mired the ambulance as it tried to navigate 11th Street West to reach the woman, West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller said.
Someone’s car — stuck in the middle of the street — acted as a partial roadblock. The ambulance tried to maneuver around the vehicle, “but the ambulance couldn’t get by and got stuck,” Fuller said.
A fire department pickup truck plowed the streets to the woman’s house, where emergency workers were able to help her. The pickup then plowed a path back to a main road, clearing the way for the ambulance all the way to a nearby hospital, Fuller said.
“We had our share of issues. We had 15 calls from the start of the blizzard, 10 of them were medicals, five were fire and HAZMAT calls,” the chief said.