An elderly driver and a paramedic are in critical condition today after a the man’s pickup truck collided with an ambulance that was responding to a call, police said. At about 8:30 a.m. an AMR ambulance was responding to the report of a person having trouble breathing on W. Cypress Road.
The emergency vehicle, which did not have a patient, was racing with lights and sirens eastbound on Main Street when a red pickup truck turned left from Rose Avenue in front of the ambulance, said Sgt. Jeff Billeci. The ambulance tried to avoid the truck, but still struck its front corner sending the truck in a spin, while the paramedic van lost control, veering off the road and into a nearby ravine, Billeci said.
East Contra Costa Fire crews had to work to free the pickup truck’s 81-year-old Oakley driver and the female paramedic passenger from their vehicles. Both were flown with critical injuries to local hospitals, said Battalion Chief Jeff Burris. The paramedic driver of the ambulance was not injured, Billeci said.
Main Street was closed from O’Hara Avenue to Rose Avenue for two hours, while Main Street traffic was diverted onto W. Cypress Road. The road was re-opened around 10:30 a.m., Billeci said. Authorities had no further details.