Fla. FD ambulance crashes into SUV, causing rollover

The rig was not responding to an emergency when it struck the SUV carrying two adults and an infant, officials said

Jamal Thalji
Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla.

TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa Fire Rescue vehicle crashed into an SUV on Wednesday night, according to Tampa police, sending two adults and an infant to a local hospital.

The incident took place at about 10:30 p.m. on E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Tampa Street.

The Tampa Fire Rescue paramedic ambulance was headed east on MLK Boulevard, police said, when it “made contact” with an SUV. The crash caused the SUV to rollover.

The paramedic vehicle had no patient and was not responding to an emergency, officials said.

All three people inside the SUV were wearing their restraints. A man escaped the vehicle and removed an infant. But a woman was trapped inside and had to be freed by firefighters. All three were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital and reported to be in stable condition.

No one aboard the ambulance was injured. The investigation is continuing, and Tampa police did not assess blame in the crash.


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