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June 30, 2014

2 EMTs hurt in collision; did ambulance have lights and sirens on?

EMS crews said lights and sirens were activated before the fiery crash, but drivers of both vehicles hit by the ambulance say they were off

By EMS1 Staff

HOUSTON, Texas — Deputy constables are not saying who will be cited in crash involving a Cypress Creek EMS ambulance and two other vehicles.

The ambulance was transporting a patient around 11 p.m. Sunday when the crash occurred, ABC reports.

The impact sent the ambulance into a ditch, where it caught fire. The patient was transported to the hospital by another ambulance, and the two EMTs on board were treated on the scene for minor injuries.

The EMS crew said the ambulance’s lights and sirens were activated before the crash occurred, but the drivers of both vehicles involved in the collision said they were not on at the time of the crash. 

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John C. Minich John C. Minich Monday, June 30, 2014 8:46:44 PM Ask the patient if they were on?
Roger Himelstein Roger Himelstein Monday, June 30, 2014 9:02:20 PM I know this company, they have inward facing dash cams that record 3-5 seconds before a hard stop. pull the disk.
Jeffrey Frank Jeffrey Frank Monday, June 30, 2014 9:23:52 PM Does not matter if they were on or not. Due regard for public safety. The ambulance is asking for the right of way. Its not a given. If the ambulance was not following the traffic control device then they are at fault for failing to use due regard.
Adriana Flores Adriana Flores Monday, June 30, 2014 9:30:09 PM Unfortunately the drivers in Houston did not pull to the side of the street when an ambulance is coming there way. I've seen it time and time again. I don't know why that is, it's common sense that seconds count when trying to save a life!!!
Judith Ann Seay-Morriss Judith Ann Seay-Morriss Tuesday, July 01, 2014 7:41:30 AM Of course the vehicle drivers are going to say the sirens & lights werent on to protect themselves, regardless you see an ambulance comin at full speed, move iver they are transporting.
Christine Drinkard Christine Drinkard Tuesday, July 01, 2014 9:18:46 AM Little black box will tell all.
Robert Gift Robert Gift Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:39:48 PM Matters not if lights and siren were operating. Must do what is necessary to prevent/avoid a collision. Someone may have pulled in front of the ambulance, not allowing it time to maneuver and avoid contact. Some drivers seem to have a form of dyslexia where they move in the direction opposite of their intent. Some drivers seem to freeze, unable to brake or steer to avoid a collision. We must compensate for all of them.
Jason Troupe Jason Troupe Wednesday, July 02, 2014 2:27:58 PM Regardless if the lights and sirens are on. It is the responsibility of the operator to drive with due regard.

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