Three-vehicle crash involving an ambulance on a run in Warren County
WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - An ambulance, running with lights and siren, is hit and overturns with four people on board.
In all, five people were injured in the crash.
Medics were transporting a patient here to Atrium Medical Center when the squad was involved in a crash. As it turns out, the patient and four others had to make a trip to the emergency room.
It was a scary sight: A Lebanon medic unit on its side. The Ohio Highway Patrol says it was traveling with lights and sirens east on Ohio 122, transporting a patient to Atrium Medical Center. An eastbound car pulled over to yield for the ambulance, however, the pickup truck behind it didn't stop in time and struck the car and slammed into the oncoming emergency vehicle.
There was heavy damage to both the pickup and the medic unit. The driver of the truck was injured as were four people in the ambulance: The driver, the patient and a family member and the paramedic attending to the patient.
Drivers are supposed to yield to emergency vehicles, but accidents like this happen more often than you would think. Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli says one of his units was involved in a similar crash just recently.
Ohio 122 was shut down for nearly two and half hours as crews uprighted the medic unit, cleared the other vehicles from the scene and troopers conducted their investigation into what happened.
Something that most people don’t think about: The paramedic was not wearing any restraint when they were tending to patients in the back of the ambulance, which left them open to the possibility of being jostled around. The good news is that there were no life-threatening injuries.
The Ohio Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation into the crash.
So far, no charges have been filed.The road was closed for two-and-a-half hours but has since reopened.