If you've ever been in an accident, you know how important emergency services are. That being said, this report about an ambulance being struck on the way to an accident may make you wonder about safety on the roads. There are laws in place to prevent this type of issue from happening, but unfortunately, five people were injured because someone didn't yield to the ambulance.
According to the story, five people were hurt when the ambulance was struck and then tipped over onto another vehicle in New Jersey. The May 19 report states that the accident took place at around 1:00 p.m., when the ambulance was rushing to the scene of an accident on Second Avenue in Lyndhurst. A witness reported that the ambulance was hit in the rear, and that caused it to spin around and roll onto the roof of a car.
Police stated that the ambulance was broadsided by a vehicle traveling on Ridge Road. Another vehicle was also hit at the traffic light. This four-vehicle car accident resulted in two emergency medical technicians being injured. A 25-year-old driver of the second car was injured, too. At the light, a 60-year-old and 90-year-old were injured by the crash.
Officials reported that none of the injuries were life-threatening. Fortunately, no patients were inside the ambulance at the time of the accident.
People living close to the accident scene have reported that the area is dangerous and that crashes happen often there. It's interesting that someone would pass through a light with an ambulance going through, and police did not report on whether the ambulance was running its lights and sirens at the time of the accident. If so, it's possible that charges could be placed against the person who caused the accident for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.
Source: CBS Local New York, "5 Injured When Ambulance Tips Over In Lyndhurst, N.J. Crash" No author given, May. 19, 2014