Five People Injured In Ambulance Crash In Olney

By Suzanne Mongahan and Robin Rieger

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Five people were injured in a crash involving an ambulance and a car in the Olney section of the city Sunday morning.

Fire officials say the crash happened around 9:30 a.m. along the 2000 block of West Olney Avenue across the street from LaSalle University.

Police say the Lifestar ambulance was headed east on Olney Avenue with lights and sirens as it approached a red light. As it was crossing the intersection, it collided with a Mercury Sable that was traveling north on 20th Street and had the green light. The collision caused the ambulance, which was carrying an elderly patient, to flip on its side. The Mercury then hit a nearby Dodge Durango which was stopped at the red light on Olney Avenue.

The 35-year-old driver of the ambulance, a 22-year-old passenger and the 80-year-old patient were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The 80-year-old male driver of the Mercury and the 41-year-old female driver of the Dodge were also taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. No charges have been filed at this time. The investigation continues.

  • former lga employee.... current l employee!!!!!!

    u know what i am an emt…. do not work for this company, work for another….. when ppl are newhere near an ambulance they claim to get injured… leem tell you something we r private companies we aint the city n we aint wealthy…. so whom ever thinks they are gonna profit off this has another thing coming cause these types of ambulances are usually transport only… meaning they are not required and most do not carry high insurance policies most carry the same as full coverage that personal vehicles carry….. so enjoy wasting your time at the er and calling ambulance chaser lawyers cause you might only get $2,500 so lol and u should feel bad for the emt who was in the back with the patient cause she sustained the most injuries when the truck flipped!!!!!!

  • Catfish Bob

    . . . and several dozen bystanders claim to have been hit with flying debris . . .

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