NEW HARTFORD, NY — New Hartford Police are investigating an accident involving and ambulance on Thursday night on Seneca Turnpike.
According to Police, a Vineall Ambulance out of Oneida was transporting a patient experiencing a cardiac issue to St Elizabeth’s Hospital. The Ambulance was being operated by EMT, Charles Sreca of Vernon, east bound on State Rt 5 in emergency mode with its emergency lights and sirens activated when a when a 2011 Chrysler minivan being operated by Claude Crowell of Rome attempted to make a left turn into the Maribito gas station in front of the Ambulance.
The Ambulance was unable to avoid the minivan and struck the van in the passenger’s side causing extensive damage to both vehicles. The medic treating the patient in the back of the ambulance, Amy Taylor sustained facial and hip injuries but continued to treat her patient after the collision until care could be turned over to other responding EMS personnel who transport the patient to St Elizabeth’s Hospital. Both Taylor and Sreca were eventually transported to Oneida City Hospital for treatment.
A passenger inside the minivan, Christina Williams of Utica sustained a head injury and was transported to St Elizabeth’s hospital for treatment. Claude Crowell was issued summons for Failure to yield the right of way when making a left turn and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.