By Gerry Doyle
Chicago Tribune (Illinois)
Copyright 2006 Chicago Tribune
Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Business News
Three people were hurt, one critically, when a driver tried to cut off a moving ambulance Wednesday night on the South Side, officials said. About 8:10 p.m., an ambulance headed north on Cottage Grove Avenue with its lights and sirens activated, taking a patient to University of Chicago Hospitals, said Fire Department spokeswoman Eve Rodriguez. Near 59th Street, a car behind it tried to pass when the ambulance slowed, she said. “It had come to kind of a minimal stop and he tried to beat it,” she said. “They collided.”
The original patient was taken to Mercy Hospital in stable condition. The driver of the vehicle that hit the ambulance was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, however, Rodriguez said. The two paramedics were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in stable condition. No citations or charges have been filed.