Last Friday afternoon two employees of American Medical Response became patients themselves after their ambulance collided with another car at the intersection of 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. The car accident occurred just after noon when the private ambulance company employees were responding to a medical emergency call in the company's ambulance.
Apparently there were two people in each vehicle, a driver and a passenger. Thankfully, there was not a patient on the back of the ambulance at the time of the crash. The most severely injured in the ambulance, the passenger is an intern with the company. The intern and the driver of the sedan were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the ambulance and the passenger in the sedan were treated and released at the scene.
Witnesses say the screeching, scraping metal and the smashing of windows was extremely loud and shocking.
San Francisco police and fire department officers responded to the crash. Police say the ambulance had its lights and sirens on and are not sure how the two vehicles collided. They had determined, however, that the sedan did not run a red light.
It seems there will need to be some extensive accident reconstruction specialists and investigators involved in this case. Especially since there is a commercial vehicle involved. In addition to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses, the two ambulance employees may also be able to file a workers' compensation claim.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, "2 hurt when S.F. ambulance crashes," Will Kane and Vivian Ho, July 20, 2012