A Florida accident recently involved an ambulance and a pickup. The Tampa accident took place along Busch Boulevard when an ambulance heading east swerved into oncoming traffic and smashed head-on into a truck. According to Tampa police, the ambulance was attempting to avoid cars that stopped suddenly in front of it.
The driver of the Ford F-150 pickup truck, Jerry Hager, 64, of Temple Terrace, was pinned inside of his vehicle. Emergency crews had to cut through the roof in order to extract him.
According to Tampa Fire Rescue spokesperson Bill Wade, Hager’s legs were pinned badly in the truck. He was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Hager had his two grandsons in the truck at the time of the accident. They were returning from a Boy Scout meeting. They both suffered injuries; however, none were considered life-threatening.
The injuries of the ambulance crew ranged from minor to none, according to Wade. He said that the crew immediately leaped out of the ambulance and came to the aid of Hagar and his grandsons.
There was not a patient on board the ambulance at the time. However, there were two other workers inside. They were traveling to a call when the American Medical response ambulance struck the Ford truck.
Though he did not specify the charge, Tampa Police Sgt. C. Leistl indicated that the ambulance driver would be cited for the incident.
The Tampa accident is still under investigation by local authorities.