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Car Crashes Into Ambulance – 2 Killed

Ambulance Driver Was Retired EMS Lieutenant

A BMW UTILITY VEHICLE careened out of control on a Staten Island, New York, street around 7 pm Monday night and slammed head-on into an ambulance.  The crash killed both drivers, with the SUV driver ejected in the crash and dying on the scene.  The EMT-driver of the Staten Island University Hospital ambulance was pinned in the cab and had to be extricated.  He died later at the hospital.

The cab of the ambulance was "accordianed" into
the chassis with the driver trapped inside.  (CBS2 image)

The EMT was David Restuccio, 58, who was a retired  EMS Lieutenant who worked for the FDNY from 1981 to 2006.  The other EMT was in the back of the ambulance with a patient and both of them were transported with minor injuries.

The degree of destruction to both vehicles is testament
to the force of the impact.  (NBC4 photo)

Witnesses told police that the car was traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit the median strip and "flew" across into the oncoming lanes where it impacted the ambulance head-on.

WCBS-TV Ch. 2 filed this video report from the scene:

 

The police investigation is continuing.

The Staten Island Advance has the full STORY.

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