2 Wis. EMTs injured when bus crashes into parked rig with lights on
A Milwaukee patient and an EMT were in critical condition, authorities said
By Leila Merrill
MILWAUKEE — Four people, including two EMTs, were injured Tuesday when a Milwaukee County Transit System bus slammed into a parked Bell Ambulance that had its emergency lights on, WISN reported.
The impact caused the rig to roll over.
"It just happened so fast. He hit him. And I seen the paramedics fly up and then flip," Brenda Martin, who witnessed the crash, told the TV station.
According to Bell Ambulance, the ambulance was parked at the curb with its emergency lights on when it was struck from behind by the bus. The collision flipped the ambulance onto its side.https://t.co/7dudv40HXO— TMJ4 News (@tmj4) December 8, 2021
Martin works at a residential treatment center and said she had called for an ambulance to have EMS providers treat one of her patients.
The patient was in critical condition following the bus crash. One EMT is in critical condition, while the other was released.
Bell Ambulance Director of Operations Chris Anderson sent a statement to TMJ4.
“We appreciate the outpouring of support from the community. One of our EMTs has been released from the hospital. Unfortunately, the other EMT is still in critical condition,” the private company said.
Milwaukee police said the driver of the bus had non-life-threatening injuries and was the sole person on the bus.
Before the bus crash, Martin had requested that another ambulance come to help another patient. The responders in that ambulance had gotten to the location and witnessed the collision.
The crash is under investigation.