A Plantation, Florida ambulance collision sent three paramedics to the hospital on Friday, news sources report. The accident happened after a truck rear-ended a parked ambulance, sources indicate. Information regarding the truck driver and victims’ identities was not immediately available following the incident. Three paramedics were taken to a nearby clinic with neck and back pains. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, no charges have been filed. It is unclear whether this accident will result in a suit.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 1:00 Friday morning at the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Northwest 47th Avenue in Plantation. An ambulance had already responded to the intersection following a separate incident; the details of that incident were not immediately clear at press time. It is unclear whether the ambulance had its emergency lights on at the time.
As the ambulance was parked near the intersection, another driver in a truck approached the scene. For reasons not yet known, the truck failed to yield and ended up rear-ending the ambulance, sources allege. The collision injured three paramedics at the scene. The driver of the truck does not appear to have been injured.
The three paramedics were taken to the North Shore Medical Center-FMC Campus for treatment for back and neck pain. An update on their condition was not immediately available in reports. It is too early to tell whether alcohol, driver negligence, or some other factor played a role in the crash.
Ambulances are supposed to save people, but every year, hundreds of ambulances are themselves involved in crashes in the United States. According to a study by the National Fire Protection Agency, between 1990 and 2009, crashes with ambulances in emergency use resulted in 324 fatalities and 17,888 injuries. Accidents with ambulances on standby over that same time period resulted in 265 injuries and 9,354 injuries, the study reports. To prevent such collisions from happening in the future, drivers are encouraged keep alert for emergency vehicles. Drivers are required to pull over, stop, or both when emergency vehicles with sirens or lights on attempt to pass.
Ambulances aren’t the only emergency vehicles susceptible to crashes. On Monday, a Broward Sheriff’s deputy was injured after his unmarked car was involved in a rollover crash, sources report. Information regarding the deputy’s identity was not immediately available following the incident. No one else was injured. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what factors led to the crash.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 7:00 Monday morning. The deputy was on his way to work in his unmarked car on Interstate 95, just north of Hallandale Beach Boulevard. While the details of the crash have not yet been released, sources say the deputy’s car rolled over and crashed on the Interstate. The deputy was taken to the Memorial Regional Hospital; the extent of his injuries was not immediately clear at press time. It does not appear as though any other cars were involved in the accident.