An ambulance carrying a patient was hit by a car that ran through a red light in North Riverside this morning, leaving the patient and the driver of the car injured. Neither person suffered life-threatening injuries, police said.
The collision occurred around 8:45 a.m. at 26th Street and Westover Avenue in the near west suburb while the Stickney Fire Department ambulance, with its lights flashing, was transporting the patient to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, said North Riverside Police Sgt. Kerry Vuolo. He did not know what was wrong with the patient, nor did he know the victim’s age or gender.
The ambulance, which had a green traffic light, was westbound on 26th when it was struck by a Ford Taurus heading north on Westover, Vuolo said. The car “apparently blew the red light and the ambulance was struck in the middle of the intersection,” he said. The impact caused the car to spin around in the intersection.
The patient and the driver of the Taurus, a woman in her 40s, were taken to Loyola following the crash, according to Vuolo. No tickets had been issued as of this morning, the sergeant said, but the driver may be ticketed for running a red light and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle. A Stickney fire official declined to comment on the crash.