• Ambulance carrying critical patient T-bones car

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff , Deedee Sun

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    SEATTLE - An ambulance carrying a critical patient T-boned another car at James and Boren Saturday evening. 

    The crash was so severe, the woman in the car was trapped. 

    “It was like a boom,” said Matt Ferrel, who saw the crash. “It was definitely like two big forces colliding,” he said.

    The impact trapped the woman inside and left her seriously hurt. 

    “In this particular situation I think you can see it was really challenging for firefighters to gain access to that driver,” said Sue Stangl, a Seattle Fire Department lieutenant.

    Crews cut off the roof and a door of the car to get the woman out. 

    Pieces of the car littered the James and Boren intersection.

    “Almost instantaneously everybody is cutting and snipping,” Stangl said.

    The ambulance that crashed is a special one and had a patient inside - a man, already fighting for his life. 

    “This particular ambulance transports critical patients from one hospital to another, so in the back of that ambulance has some very specific medical equipment,” Stangl said.

    Fortuantey patient in the back of the ambulance did not have any injuries related the incident,” she said. Stangl said the nurse riding in the back with the patient was also not hurt.

    Crews transferred him to a second ambulance and loaded up the woman cut out of her vehicle into a third. She was described as being in serious but stable condition.

    The two medical professionals in the ambulance that crashed were also sent to Harborview Medical Center, luckily with minor injuries. 

    Seattle police are investigating what caused the crash and if proper yielding laws were followed.

    According to state law, you're required to pull over to the righ-hand curb and stop when an emergency vehicle is coming, no matter which direction you are traveling in. 

     


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