5 injured in Ga. ambulance rollover

Three Forest Park EMTs and a critical patient were injured when another vehicle rear-ended the rig


Shaddi Abusaid
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Five people were injured Friday night when an ambulance carrying a patient overturned in Clayton County, officials said.

The wreck occurred about 9:30 p.m. at Upper Riverdale Road near I-75, according to Clayton County police.

Authorities said the ambulance exited I-75 South onto Upper Riverdale Road when another driver failed to yield and struck the vehicle from behind, causing it to overturn.

“We had an accident tonight involving one of our rescue trucks on the way to the hospital with a critical patient,” Forest Park Fire and Emergency Services said in a Facebook post late Friday.

Four people inside the ambulance were taken to hospitals, including three Forest Park EMTs and the patient, the department said. “Everyone onboard sustained some type of injury.”

The driver of the car was also taken to the hospital, but everyone involved in the wreck is expected to survive.

Two of the three crew members on the ambulance were treated for minor injuries and released. The third remained hospitalized Friday morning at Atlanta Medical Center, officials said. The driver who caused the crash was released Friday evening.

“Our original patient was transported to Southern Regional Medical Center for their initial cardiac complaint and was also evaluated for any injury from the accident,” said Joel Turner, Forest Park’s division chief.

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