Friday Apr 06 2012
Ambulance collides with SUV at busy intersection
Newborn baby and two-year-old inside one vehicle were unharmed
Auburn — An American Medical Response ambulance and a Chevy Tahoe crashed at about 12:15 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Highway 49 and Bell Road. While there were no injuries sustained to any of the parties, Officer Francis Mud of the Auburn California Highway Patrol, based in Newcastle, said a man and women in their 30s with a newborn baby and a 2-year-old child were inside the SUV. “The Chevy Tahoe just failed to notice or hear the ambulance coming and apparently failed to notice the other traffic stopping and he entered the intersection unfortunately in violation of vehicle code 2806 and crashed in front of the ambulance,” Mud said. “The ambulance hit the Chevy broadside.” He said the accident looked worse than it was, but the intrusion on the Tahoe was less than 6 inches. Firefighters at the scene said the ambulance was traveling to another call when the vehicles collided. “They were responding to a call north of us. They were going to a different call,” said Chris Baldoni, firefighter with Cal Fire. “Nobody was hurt. Just a traffic mess.” Ham said the ambulance was following all applicable laws when it was responding to a code 3 incident, a potentially life threatening one. Another ambulance was able to respond to the life threatening emergency. The crash backed up the intersection for about 35 minutes before it was cleared up, he said. Reach Sara Seyydin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News.