CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – UPDATE 5/18/20 @ 7:45 p.m.
Friday evening, a Boone County ambulance ran a red light at 50th Street and MacCorkle Avenue and slammed into the left side of a car before skidding across MacCorkle Ave into Fire Station No. 6.
The ambulance hit another car, and the flying debris damaged cars in the Luxor Pre-Owned Automotive Group car lot, said employee George Russell.
“When an ambulance comes through an intersection, they stop or they yield,” Russell said. “This guy didn’t yield or nothing. Just came barreling through ends up at the fire station.”
When Russell looked back at their surveillance footage, he said he could not believe how fast the ambulance was moving.
“I can’t imagine how anybody could go that fast through Kanawha, even through here anyway, but let alone in a rescue vehicle, in an ambulance,” Russell said.
Leigh Staunton saw the crash as it happened and rushed to help. He said firefighters from Station No. 6 responded quickly.
“They addressed him. They went over there and addressed him, but the fire department was really on it,” Staunton said.
The three who were transported to the hospital had minor injuries, but Staunton said the ambulance came within inches of the driver of the car.
“There is pieces of wood and glass and then a piece of the windshield. It went flying over in their lot,” Staunton said. “Fortunately there wasn’t anyone walking through because there was like a piece about that big of broken windshield.”
The Charleston Police Department said the driver of the ambulance was at fault in the crash, which is still being investigated.
Staunton said he was proud of the bystanders who rushed to help.
“It was inspiring just to see everyone, even the neighbors. Everyone was concerned. No one came out with cell phones trying to take pictures,” Staunton said.