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Fla. ambulance carrying patient strikes I-75 guardrail, overturns

The patient and two Ambitrans EMS providers were injured


An Ambitrans ambulance overturned early Sunday, injuring all three people aboard.

Photos/Florida Highway Patrol

By Olivia George
Tampa Bay Times

TAMPA — An ambulance struck a guardrail and overturned on a Hillsborough stretch of Interstate 75 while taking a patient to an area hospital early Sunday morning, Florida Highway Patrol said in a statement.

The driver, a 21-year-old man from Cape Coral, entered the exit ramp for Martin Luther King Boulevard at about 4:30 a.m. when he realized it was the wrong exit and attempted to re-enter the freeway’s northbound travel lane.

During his attempt to merge, the Ambitrans ambulance hit a guardrail attenuator and flipped into the northbound lanes. The driver suffered minor injuries, troopers said, as did the 47-year-old Fort Myers woman who was being transported to a hospital and the paramedic in the back of the ambulance who was caring for her.

Ambitrans offers ambulance services across the five-county Southwest Florida area, according to the company’s website.

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