BY AILEEN HUMPHREYS, Intelligencer Journal Staff
An ambulance broadsided a pickup truck Sunday on Route 30 in Salisbury Township, triggering a three-vehicle accident that sent two people to the hospital, a firefighter said.
The ambulance was not transporting a patient at the time of the accident, said Brad Kurtz, assistant chief of Gap Fire Company.
The driver of the ambulance and the driver of a third car involved in the accident were transported to Lancaster General Hospital, Kurtz said. Two other crew members in the ambulance and the driver of the truck were uninjured, he said.
Pennsylvania State Police responded to the scene but did not provide any information Sunday about the accident.
An ambulance with signage from Riddle Memorial Hospital, in Media, hit the truck at the intersection of Routes 30 and 897 Sunday afternoon, Kurtz said. The accident was reported by Lancaster County-Wide Control at 3:33 p.m.
The ambulance was headed to Lancaster General Hospital to pick up a patient and transfer him or her back to the Philadelphia area, Kurtz said. The ambulance was westbound on Route 30 when it collided with the truck, which was exiting a shopping center across from the entrance to Route 897.
The truck had a green light to cross Route 30, Kurtz said.
“The ambulance hit him broadside,” he said.
A vehicle sitting at the intersection of Route 30 and 897 also was struck in the accident, Kurtz said, and the driver, an elderly man, was transported to the hospital. Kurtz said the man was conscious after the accident.
Kurtz did not know whether the ambulance’s lights and sirens were on at the time of the accident.
Two ambulances from Christiana responded to the scene.
The three vehicles involved in the accident were towed from the scene, Kurtz said. Traffic on that section of Route 30 was limited to one lane for about 40 minutes, he said.
·In an earlier accident Sunday, a 19-year-old Holtwood woman was taken to Lancaster General Hospital after her car slid along a guardrail and crashed on Route 272 in Providence Township, state police said in a press release.
Shannon Marie Gring was southbound on Route 272, south of Miller Road, at about 3:15 a.m. when her 1994 Acura Integra struck the guardrail, police said.
The car slid along the top of the guardrail for about 150 feet and rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise, police said. The car then slid off the guardrail and came to rest on the west side of the guardrail.
An ambulance returning from a call spotted the car and called 911, said David Reese, chief of Willow Street Fire Company.
The car stopped on an embankment, and firefighters secured it with chains before Gring got out of the vehicle, Reese said.
Reese said the car had minor to moderate damage.