A Benton County Sheriff’s deputy was not injured after his patrol vehicle collided with an ambulance while he was responding to a traffic accident Monday morning.
Deputy David Peterson was traveling north on Springhill Drive at 7:30 a.m. Monday when his police cruiser began to fishtail on the icy pavement, according to Oregon State Police reports.
John Ellich of the City of Albany Fire Department said he attempted to pull as far off the road as he could when he saw Peterson’s vehicle sliding into his lane, but Peterson’s car struck the ambulance on the front left quarter panel.
“He hit a patch of black ice and struck the ambulance,” said Lt. Greg Ridler of the Benton County Sheriff Office. “No one was hurt, but the patrol car was totaled.”
According to police reports, Peterson said he was making a routine response, not requiring flashing lights or higher than normal speeds, when he lost control on a curved portion of the road and struck the ambulance.
The Oregon State Police will investigate the accident.