EDISON – An 81-year-old ambulance patient was injured Saturday after being ejected from the vehicle when it struck a railroad bridge, police said.
The South Plainfield ambulance struck the Parsonage Road railroad bridge about 11:13 p.m. Saturday, according to Edison Deputy Police Chief Robert Dudash Jr.
Police said the ambulance was transporting the patient, traveling south on Parsonage Road toward Route 1, when it struck the railroad bridge near the Colonial Village shopping center, located a short distance from Hackensack Meridian Health JFK University Medical Center in Edison.
The box portion of the ambulance struck the bottom of the bridge, causing it to partially dislodge and tilt back from the rest of the vehicle, and the patient was ejected out the back door onto the ground, police said.
Dudash said the patient, an 81-year-old man from the Iselin section of Woodbridge, suffered a serious injury to his left wrist and was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Police did not know why the man, who was conscious and responsive at the scene, was initially being transported.
Police said the ambulance initially responded to Woodbridge on a mutual aid call to transport the patient to Hackensack Meridian Health JFK University Medical Center.
The Amtrak Police Department was notified about the impact to their bridge, police said.
No charges have been filed at this time, police said.