Ambulance crash in Flatlands injures two medics

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Two first responders were hurt in crash in Flatlands on Tuesday.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A private ambulance traveling to a sick patient was cut off at a Flatlands intersection, sending the ambulance crashing into a parked car and a building on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Two emergency medical technicians received minor injuries in the crash and were treated at a local hospital. No civilians were injured, police said.

The collision occurred at about 1:45 pm on April 7, when the ambulance was speeding northbound on Flatbush Avenue in Flatlands and an unidentified red vehicle swerved in its path. 

The driver of the ambulance lost control, struck a parked Mercedes Benz SUV, and then crashed into a building at the corner, sources said.

Police from the 63rd Precinct and NYU Langone ambulance responded to the collision and treated the two injured medics. The ambulance received serious damage in the crash.

The ambulance, which was operated by Assist Ambulance, had been backing up the city’s paramedics during the COVID-19 crisis, and was said to have been responding to a sick case, sources said.

That vehicle that cut the ambulance off left the scene of the crash, and apparently did not make contact with the ambulance. The investigation of the crash remains ongoing. 

On Sunday, another ambulance was heavily damaged when a police car struck it in Brownsville, injuring the medics.

Both crashes occurred as New York City’s paramedics receive record numbers of calls for assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak.

This story first appeared on amny.com.