Thursday, November 11, 2010

Suspected Drunken Driver Crashes into Ambulance, Injures Four Paramedics

Ambulances are used to transport people who need immediate medical attention to the hospital. People who drive this vehicle needed to use lights and sirens in order for other road users to be aware of their presence.

A suspected drunken driver who failed to see an ambulance or hear its siren crashed into it, causing at least four paramedics to sustain injuries.

According to reports, the accident occurred in Huntington Beach on Friday afternoon. The ambulance was turning onto Bolsa Chica Street as it was on its way out of a neighborhood along Tasman Drive when it was suddenly hit by a Toyota pickup.

Authorities said two Orange County Fire Authority paramedics and two Huntington Beach Fire Department ambulance drivers sustained minor injuries and were rushed to the hospital to be treated.

Meanwhile, the patient was fortunately spared from injuries and was brought to a hospital using a different ambulance.

However, the pickup driver Tristan Johnson, 36, from Bellflower was uninjured in the crash. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI, said reports.

It is fortunate that no one was seriously or fatally injured in the accident. In order to avoid accidents caused by drunk driving, drivers are advised to follow these tips:

• Avoid drinking at parties or other social gatherings, especially if you are going to drive afterwards
• Know your limit
• If you need to drink at an event, ask your friend or relative to drive your vehicle
• If you are already drunk and no one is there to drive your vehicle, you can take a cab in order to get home