EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCaught On Tape: Ambulance And Car Involved In Accident In Huntington
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Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Videographer: Kenney Barnette
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Tiersa Davis
Reported: Sep. 24, 2013 3:08 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 25, 2013 9:23 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Gary Cremeans said he's seen a lot of wrecks before, but nothing like this.
A car and ambulance collide while the ambulance was responding to another emergency Tuesday afternoon. Cremeans said, "It's just something you can't describe. Honestly, it sounded like a 12-gauge shotgun going off when they collided.
It happened in the 2500 block of 3rd Avenue and it was all caught on tape by nearby Scratch's bar. There were multiple witnesses. Justin Shockley saw and heard it happen. He said, "At first, I was like oh my, and then right after that I ran over to make sure everybody was okay."
He's not the only good Samaritan. Cremeans said the two EMS workers got out of their overturned ambulance and went to work. "Out of the EMS and started checking on the lady to make sure she was alright," he said.
Police say it's a testament to their professionalism. Huntington Police Cpl. Gary Queen said, "That's dedication to their profession, but that's why they do their job."
The ambulance was responding to an emergency at the time, but it appears the driver didn't hear the siren or see the flashing lights. Shockley said, "People should pay more attention to the ambulances and they should stop when they hear sirens."
Cremeans agrees. "Stop. Look both ways. It don't matter if you're walking, driving, or even on a bike. You need to pay attention and provide by the laws," he said.
The driver and two EMS workers were checked out at local hospital as a precaution, but didn't appear to have serious injuries. Police say the driver could be cited, but they are still investigating. Another ambulance was dispatched to the original emergency call, which police said was for two people passed out in a car at a car wash.
A Cabell County ambulance and a car were involved in an accident in Huntington.
Dispatchers said the accident happened about 3 p.m. in the 2500 block of Third Avenue. Dispatchers said a car hit the ambulance and the ambulance rolled on top of the car. The ambulance was not transporting anyone at the time.
Dispatchers said a person who was in the car was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Two people in the ambulance suffered minor injuries and were transported to the hospital. Third Avenue in the 2500 block has since reopened to traffic.
Surveillance video from a nearby bar captured the crash.
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