File this one under ironic.
A day after cautioning Saskatonians about icy road conditions due to recent thawing and freezing, MD Ambulance was involved Monday in a motor vehicle accident — while responding to another crash.
“It wasn’t our fault, honest,” said spokesperson Troy Davies. “It was icy and the driver of the other car slid through the intersection and hit us.”
The female driver of the car was trying to stop at the intersection of 13th Street and Avenue L South but couldn’t help it, he said, adding the ambulance had its lights and sirens on.
MD Ambulance drivers always drive defensively but collisions occasionally happen, Davies said. When they do, paramedics sometimes treat themselves but in this case, a supervisor went to the scene and checked everyone out.
The 30-year-old driver of the car suffered minor injuries and was transported to St. Paul’s Hospital in another ambulance. The paramedics involved were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The recent spate of warm weather resulted in a lot of water on the roads that has since frozen with the return of normal January temperatures. On the weekend, MD Ambulance responded to six vehicle collisions and four pedestrian falls causing broken and dislocated bones.
On Monday alone, paramedics responded to five vehicle collisions, including their own at 3 p.m. The first call came in shortly after 7 a.m. at Highway 15 and Marquis Drive, followed by a crash at 10 a.m. at Preston Avenue and College Drive. A single vehicle rollover on Highway 7 occurred at 1:30 p.m. while another accident happened at 2:45 p.m. on Avenue C.
In all four incidents, patients went to hospitals in the city.
© The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon) 2008