3 Fla. EMS providers hurt in rig crash
Marion County Fire Rescue urged motorists to stay alert and yield for emergency vehicles after the rig was struck while transporting a patient
By Laura French
MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Three EMS providers were injured while transporting a patient on Monday after their rig was struck by another vehicle.
Marion County Fire Rescue wrote on its Facebook page Tuesday that one of its ambulances was hit by a mid-sized SUV while transporting a patient from another vehicle crash.
The rig, which had its lights and sirens activated at the time of the crash, was struck on its passenger's side door at an intersection, according to the agency. The patient was immediately transferred to another ambulance and the three crewmembers on board were transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. All three crewmembers had been released from the hospital as of Tuesday morning.
"MCFR is urging drivers to be vigilant and yield to emergency vehicles," the agency stated. "If you see the lights and hear the sirens of emergency vehicles, please yield. Lives are depending on it!"