A Miramar, Florida was injured Friday when an ambulance without its sirens on crashed into her car, news sources report. Information regarding the victim’s identity was not immediately available following the incident; she was the only injured party in the collision and was taken to the Memorial Hospital West. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, there have been no charges. It is unclear whether the victim will file for damages.
According to reports, the accident occurred on Friday in the 2900 block of Southwest 148th Avenue in Miramar. Southwest 148th Avenue is a small, two-lane street with a marked speed limit ranging from 30 to 40 miles per hour, sources indicate.
A Miramar Fire Rescue ambulance was en route to the station when it struck the victim’s car on the driver’s side, according to reports. It is still not clear what caused the crash. The collision caused the airbags in the victim’s car to deploy. “As a precaution, [the victim] was transported to Memorial Hospital West,” a Miramar Fire Rescue spokesperson said. “None of our guys was injured.”
The details surrounding the collision are not yet clear. It is too early to tell who is at fault in the collision or whether speed played a role. An update on the victim’s condition was not immediately available at press time.
In a similar accident earlier this month, a collision between an ambulance and a truck sent three paramedics to the hospital, source report. Information regarding the paramedics’ identities was not immediately available following the incident; they were taken to the hospital with back and neck pains. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what factors led to the crash. It is not yet clear whether charges were filed.
Reports say the accident happened around 1 p.m. on Friday around the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Northwest 47th Avenue in Plantation. An ambulance was parked on the side of the road at the site of another accident at the time. According to reports, a truck driver crashed into the parked ambulance. The force of the collision injured three paramedics at the scene, although the truck driver was reportedly uninjured.
Following the crash, the three paramedics were taken to the North Shore Medical Center-FMC Campus; sources say they were experience neck and back pains following the accident. A status report on their conditions was not immediately available following news of the accident. It remains to be seen whether speed or alcohol played a role in the accident. Details on the initial crash the ambulance was attending to are not available.
Hundreds of people are injured in accidents with emergency vehicles every year. From 1990 to 2009, accidents involving ambulances on emergency calls accounted for 324 fatalities and 17,888 injuries, a study by the National Fire Protection Agency indicates. Oftentimes, these types of accidents can be avoided by yielding for emergency vehicles; however, during that same period, crashes with off-duty ambulances resulted in 265 injuries and 9,354 injuries.