PALMDALE – No one was seriously injured when a minivan carrying two young children crashed into a Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedic truck in a Palmdale intersection Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The collision happened around 4:40 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the intersection of 47th Street East and Avenue S, according to Deputy Shean of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
“The paramedic truck was rolling a Code 3, lights and sirens, through the intersection,” Shean said, adding that the emergency vehicle was westbound on Avenue S. “The other party, which was traveling southbound on 47th, didn’t hear the lights and sirens and collided into the passenger side of the paramedic vehicle.”
“That collision caused the paramedic vehicle then to hit another vehicle that was facing eastbound in the left turn lane of Avenue S to go northbound on 47th,” Shean said. “[The paramedic truck] slightly tapped the front bumper of that other vehicle.”
No parties involved in the collision sustained major injuries, but there were complaints of pain, Shean said.
The paramedic truck was carrying two occupants, while the minivan was driven by a woman with two small children in the back seat, according to witnesses.
“The lady in the van with the two kids in the back was in, I believe, the slow lane,” said eyewitness Ted LeCouteur. “She had a line of cars so she didn’t see [the paramedic truck] as it crossed. All of her windows were up so she couldn’t hear him and she pelted into the side.”
LeCouteur said the two young children “were in full protective seats and they were fine,” and the minivan’s driver appeared to have pain in her shoulder from her seat belt.
“There were two paramedics in the paramedic vehicle. The one on the passenger side took a little bit of damage on his right-hand side, but he was up and around and trying to get out of the vehicle right away,” LeCouteur said. “That’s when I showed up and I had to rip the door open for him.”
It was unclear Thursday afternoon how many people were transported to the hospital. No further information was immediately available.
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