BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A surveillance camera looking out onto 18th Avenue in the Mapleton section of Brooklyn captured a frightening collision between a private ambulance and a minivan. The surveillance video, which was published by the New York Post, shows the ambulance weave uncontrollably after the minivan crashed broadside into the passenger’s side of the ambulance and then roll onto the driver’s side. People ran to the aid of the ambulance personnel and the rescue’s patient. The ambulance was running its emergency lights at the time of the crash, which occurred around 12:30 Sunday morning. Two people were hurt in the crash and needed to be transported by a different ambulance company to a nearby hospital for treatment.
A scary scene unfolded early Sunday at the intersection of 18th Avenue and 52nd Street in Brooklyn when a minivan plowed into an ambulance. The surveillance video depicts the intersection, and as the video progresses, the red lights of the ambulance as visible on the surrounding buildings as the ambulance approaches the intersection. Without warning, the minivan shoots into the intersection and hits the passenger’s rear of the rescue unit. The two occupants of the minivan are seen getting out of the vehicle and running to the rolled-over ambulance while allowing the minivan to keep rolling.
The ambulance involved in the crash is from the American Medical Response company, or AMR, as it is known has a contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to transport patients suffering from COVID-19 symptoms. AMR’s representatives did not say whether the patient being transported was a COVID-19 patient.
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Two people needed to be transported to the hospital from the scene and were taken by another ambulance company. Two other people involved in the collision declined medical treatment. The article in the New York Post did not indicate from which vehicle the injured emerged. The people involved in the crash were fortunate not to have sustained more serious injuries or killed.
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