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Fla. ambulance drives into ditch with patient inside

A medic suffered minor injuries, while the patient and another responder were not hurt

Orlando Sentinel

ORLANDO, Fla. — An on-duty patrol officer watched as a Rural/Metro ambulance veered off the roadway and landed in a ditch in Winter Park around 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, according to Winter Park Police.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Jamie Joyce said the driver of the ambulance suffered minor injuries and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

There was one patient and another Rural/Metro employee inside the ambulance at the time of the crash. They were not hurt, Joyce said.

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The crash happened in the 900 block of N. Wymore Avenue, near Lee Road in Winter Park.

Joyce said crews are having difficulty towing the ambulance, which partially rolled over in the crash. The roadway is closed until the area is cleared of the crash.

"It doesn't seem like the ambulance was speeding or that the driver was drunk," Joyce said.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Joyce said she could not detail where the ambulance was heading with the patient at this time because it would compromise the patient's identity.

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Kevin Crowe Kevin Crowe Thursday, January 09, 2014 10:16:36 AM "Wasn't drunk", because that was my first thought.
Timothy A Ray Timothy A Ray Thursday, January 09, 2014 2:08:30 PM I will bet you they were texting
Patricia A. Hill Patricia A. Hill Thursday, January 09, 2014 2:23:34 PM Let's give them the benefit of doubt. Maybe an animal ran out in front of them
Ed Hillenbrand Ed Hillenbrand Thursday, January 09, 2014 2:31:24 PM 03:20 -- Could be driver dozed off, texting is always a concern, or mechanical failure. I have had a few breaks go out on me while driving, plus a steering box & 1 or 2 tires at REALLY bad times. Lastly with all the freezing temps in Florida could be black ice & people who do not know how to drive in winter conditions. So let's give them the benefit of the doubt & let the police do their job (sans the stupid comment about not being drunk).
Joe Elbor Joe Elbor Thursday, January 09, 2014 3:36:23 PM Or fell asleep. I hated the overnight shifts
Thursday, January 09, 2014 5:54:38 PM How did I guess it was Rural-Metro??

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