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Fatal Ambulance Crash in Colorado

Three Vehicles Involved

A MEDTRANS AMBULANCE IN PUEBLO COUNTY, Colorado, was involved in a 3-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon that proved fatal to the ambulance patient.

The Chieftain

The accident took place on a 2-lane highway and was triggered by the ambulance.  A Xcel Energy pickup truck had slowed to make a left turn when the ambulance coming from behind it failed to slow down and, while trying to evade a collision, veered to the right shoulder but crashed the left front of the ambulance into the right rear of the pickup.

The ambulance continued about 30 yards before rolling over into a ditch.  The patient, an 84-year-old man suffered multi-trauma injuries and was flown to the hospital where he later died.

The Chieftain

The pickup truck that was struck was knocked into the oncoming lane and collided head-on with an SUV which in turn flipped over into the ditch on the other side of the highway.

The Chieftain

The two passengers in the car and the two ambulance workers were all transported with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the pickup was apparently uninjured.

KRDO-TV filed this video report from the scene:

 

It has not been publicly disclosed whether the ambulance was running lights and siren at the time.

The Pueblo Chieftain has the STORY.

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