EVERETT, Wash. – Four people were injured when an ambulance crashed into a guardrail Wednesday while rushing a patient to the hospital with its lights flashing and siren activated.
Aaron Snell of the Everett police said the ambulance was heading east on State Route 526 at about 10:15 a.m. when it encountered traffic slowdowns near Evergreen Way. The ambulance driver tried to move around the traffic to the right and ended up crashing head-on into a barrier.
Four occupants were in the ambulance at the time of the crash – the driver, the patient and two paramedics.
The driver and one paramedic sustained minor injuries and did not need to be taken to the hospital. The patient had serious injuries, although it wasn’t clear whether these were sustained before or after the crash. One paramedic also sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The patient and the injured paramedic were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett by another ambulance that responded to the crash scene.
The ambulance driver is not suspected of a crime and was not cited for the incident, Snell said.
The accident remains under investigation.