Ambulance, SUV head-on collision kills 1, injures 4

The two Quebec EMS providers were injured in the collision as they responded to a call

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD, Quebec — A 52-year-old man driving an SUV was killed after he collided head-on with an ambulance at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The ambulance was on its way to an emergency call and the setting sun might have played a role in the crash, reported CBC News

"The investigation shows that the SUV driver changed lanes possibly after being dazzled by the sun," said Quebec provincial police Sgt. Claude Denis.

The SUV driver was pronounced dead at the hospital. The two ambulance technicians were injured, said Mélanie Dumaresq, spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec. The two passengers in the SUV were treated for serious injuries, reported the Montreal Gazette

Images from the scene show the ambulance with its front end shorn off, its doors ripped off and the windshield smashed. The SUV had its front end smashed in and one of the tires ripped off the rim.

The ambulance is part of the Coopérative des techniciens ambulanciers de la Montérégie fleet (CETAM).

“Accidents are rare, even if we find ourselves in emergency situations on a daily basis. These are our coworkers, and we’re saddened, but we’re professionals and we do our work,” said Luc Latreille, a CETAM spokesperson.

The CETAM handles ambulance service for 72 municipalities, covering 2,700 km in the Montreal area.

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