Five people are recovering after an ambulance was involved in a crash near Lebanon.
The crash happened at about 8 a.m. on Route 122 just east of Red Lion village, police said.
Troopers said that a car, driven by a 17-year-old, stopped for an approaching ambulance, and a pickup truck following the car swerved to avoid rear-ending the car. The truck side-swiped the car that stopped and then struck the ambulance head-on.
“If we determine he did violate traffic law, then yes, he will be cited. We will take in to fact the severity of injuries and things like that before we come to that determination,” Lt. Chuck O’Bryon with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
Two paramedics, the patient in the ambulance, the patient’s husband who was riding in the ambulance, and the driver of the truck were hurt, but their injuries are non-life-threatening, authorities said.
Troopers said the ambulance was headed to Atrium Medical Center and had it’s lights and sirens on.
“The theme is go right for sirens and lights,” Lebanon Fire Capt. Ryan Dipzinski said. “Sometimes car travelers will freak out and stop in the middle of the road. So what we recommend, if you see emergency vehicles coming down the road, just recognize them and pull right over to the right as quick as you can. Safely but quickly.”
Dipzinski said the female paramedic who was injured was released from the hospital Friday afternoon. The male paramedic will be kept overnight for observation. Their names haven’t been released.
WLWT is still working on getting updated conditions of the other three people who were hurt.
Lebanon firefighters said they appreciate all of the support they’ve been receiving from neighboring departments.
“Neighboring communities have been more than gracious, bending over backwards to try and help us out,” Dipzinski said.