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Car Hits Ambulance on Thruway; 2 Injured

Ambulance crew, tow truck driver were helping at the scene of an accident.

A paramedic and a tow truck driver were injured on the New Yorks State Thurway last night when a car struck an ambulance at the scene of an accident, according to New York State Police.

Trooper Glen Williams of the Tarrytown barracks said emergency crews were at the scene of a minor accident when they were involved in a secondary accident at 8:51 p.m. near the interchange of I-87 and I-287.

Greenburgh EMS had been on the scene of the minor accident, along with a tow truck. A driver travelling in the right lane going northbound on I-87 struck the rear of the ambulance, said Williams, pushing the ambulance into the driver of the tow truck, who was outside of his vehicle. 

"Injuries don't appear to be anything serious," said Williams.

The tow truck driver sustained a leg injury while the ambulance driver had a shoulder injury. Both were brought to Westchester Medical Center for treatment. 

The driver who hit the ambulance, a man from Middletown, NY, was charged with failure to move left for an emergency vehicle. 

Trevor McVeigh May 29, 2013 at 01:54 PM
This article begins with using the word 'paramedic' and then at the end changes it to 'ambulance driver.' You started off on a good note, and then used a term that most people in EMS despise and find to be offensive, as if those in EMS do nothing but drive.
Krista Madsen (Editor) May 29, 2013 at 02:36 PM
That was just meant to clarify that the paramedic was in fact driving the ambulance. My apologies.

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