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May 16, 2014

S.C. ambulance hits car, medic ticketed

The ambulance was running lights when it went through a red light and hit a left-turning car

By EMS1 Staff

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — An ambulance running emergency lights hit a left-turning car Thursday at an intersection, injuring two medics on board and the other driver.

The medic driving the ambulance was cited for disregarding a traffic signal, according to WMBF. The extent of the injuries to the medics is unknown.

The ambulance is owned by Parabasic, WMBF reported. 

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Bruce Wayne Washburn Bruce Wayne Washburn Friday, May 16, 2014 12:56:03 PM sounds like a failure to drive with due regard
Jonathan Farrow Jonathan Farrow Friday, May 16, 2014 1:21:57 PM People won't learn that diesel bolus is outdated and dangerous unless they get ticketed, cause accidents, injure citizens, or kill people. Luckily this time it was only 75%.
Anthony Fulmer Anthony Fulmer Friday, May 16, 2014 4:02:52 PM You cannot just blow through red lights and stop signs running code 3. You have to make sure oncoming traffic has stopped, then proceed carefully.
Christine Rothenberger Thompson Christine Rothenberger Thompson Friday, May 16, 2014 4:56:02 PM people need to be more aware though....I have seen people purposely not yield
Anthony Fulmer Anthony Fulmer Friday, May 16, 2014 5:04:19 PM True.....People will do an approaching emergency vehicle the same way they do trains. They will try to get by before you get there. If they don't yield we still have to under SC law.
Peter Brandão Jr. Peter Brandão Jr. Saturday, May 17, 2014 1:16:47 AM In Ma if the lights are on, its the other drivers fault end of story, doesn't mean the EMT has the right to drive into people in the intersection because they didn't move. You have a responsibility not to cause an accident but if one happens, lights on, your in the clear.
Mike Tragesser Mike Tragesser Saturday, May 17, 2014 6:47:00 AM More tickets ought to be written on Emergency Responders of all types. Sadly, over 40 years, I have seen many more lives lost than truly saved by emergency vehicles. Seconds rarely make a bit of difference in overall mortality. Be safe, not crazy. You wouldn't throw a patient out a window then dive out after them to save time getting them downstairs would you?
George Gribbin George Gribbin Saturday, May 17, 2014 9:18:42 AM Not according to the law.
Peter Brandão Jr. Peter Brandão Jr. Saturday, May 17, 2014 9:23:52 AM George Gribbin: I know more then one person who has been on the other side of that equation...that ended up with civil settlements, yes, but were still found at fault. There experience is what i based my assertion on.
George Gribbin George Gribbin Saturday, May 17, 2014 9:34:09 AM Peter Brandão Jr. That depends on the state you work in and EMS relationship with the local police. Yes it is infuriating when people fail to yield but sometimes they just did not see you or hear the sirens or the are just a..h.les. Remember your safety and the safety of all those around you takes precedence over who had the right of way.
Robert Munson Robert Munson Saturday, May 17, 2014 3:03:46 PM We DO NOT now the story so lets not judge...we were NOT there.
Peter Brandão Jr. Peter Brandão Jr. Saturday, May 17, 2014 3:35:15 PM George Gribbin well I DID say in my original statement if you read it, "in MA if the.." but thank you for SETTING ME STRAIGHT....lol

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