Friday, October 12, 2012

3 Hurt in Ambulance Crash in Brooklyn

An ambulance that collided with an SUV in Brooklyn and rolled over, hurting three people, did not have its emergency lights on, surveillance video shows. 

The ambulance was on its way to a call in the Brownsville section at about 7:30 p.m. when it collided with a black SUV near Hull Street and Rockaway Avenue, the FDNY said. 

The impact was so powerful it caused the ambulance to flip on to its side.

The two EMTs in the ambulance and the driver of the SUV were hurt and taken to Kings County Hospital in serious condition.

Neighbors said the Rockaway-Hull intersection is notoriously dangerous.

"There's multiple accidents on this corner this past year and every year," said Cynthia Askins. "The stop sign is there, but the cars coming out of Hull Street can't see the other way because the other cars are blocked." 

"We've been trying to get a traffic light here for over 10 years now," said another neighbor who only gave her first name as Cheire. "There's always accidents like every other day. The stop sign, people go through the stop sign."

Security video obtained by NBC 4 New York shows the ambulance did stop at the stop sign but its warning lights were not on.

It's not clear if the ambulance should have had have its lights on but FDNY EMS Deputy Chief Steven Morelli said "that would be the response warranted for that type of assignment." 

Police and FDNY are investigating. 

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York

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