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22-year-old EMT killed in New Jersey accident

When you're in a car or truck accident, get hurt at home or are with someone who needs medical attention urgently, you hope that the emergency medical technicians will be able to arrive quickly. In order to make it easier for ambulance drivers to get to the places they're needed, New Jersey has laws that require drivers to yield to emergency vehicles. That means that drivers need to stop or get out of the way of an oncoming ambulance as soon as they see or hear it coming when its sirens and lights are on.

Ambulance drivers are not legally allowed to speed, so getting other vehicles out of the way helps them get to the scene of accidents or injuries faster. When drivers don't obey these simple laws, ambulance drivers and the workers and passengers inside can be injured or killed. That's what happened in New Jersey when 22-year-old and 24-year-old EMTs were on their way to an emergency call.

While the ambulance was coming into an intersection, one vehicle failed to stop. The ambulance had its lights and sirens on at the time, so the driver should not have entered the intersection. When the driver T-boned the ambulance, the 22-year-old EMT was killed. The woman driving the vehicle that struck them and the 24-year-old driver of the ambulance were taken to the hospital for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

It's not been reported on if the 22-year-old woman was wearing a seat belt, but not all EMTs do during transport, depending on what's happening inside the vehicle. There have been no reports on if charges will be filed. The injured EMT and the surviving family of the EMT who were killed may have civil legal options as well.

Source: 7 Online, "EMT killed in accident while responding to emergency call in East Brunswick," Renee Stoll, July 25, 2015

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