Three ambulances were dispatched for the sake of one 911 call after the first ambulance collided with a private vehicle on Gardner Boulevard Monday morning.
The first ambulance was on its way to a call when the collision occurred near the Chevron gas station at about 8 a.m. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle then dispatched two more ambulances — one to respond to the original call and one to respond to the accident on Gardner, hospital spokesperson Megan Pratt said. She added the accident did not result in any serious injuries.
Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton said the accident appears to have happened when the four-door vehicle pulled out in front of the ambulance.
The first ambulance did not have a patient inside when the accident occurred, Pratt said.
The driver of the other vehicle was taken to Baptist with non life-threatening injuries, Shelton said. Pratt added the paramedics in the ambulance, who are Baptist employees, were evaluated for injuries in the hospital’s emergency room, but said none of them seemed to be seriously injured.
Pratt said the ambulance did have its lights and siren on.
“In a general sense, if you see an ambulance with lights and sirens, everybody needs to be mindful of that because they’re responding to an emergency,” she said. “I think most people do notice that, and what I see is people do move over, but you never know. They could be coming to respond to somebody in your family. Everybody should pay attention when you see an ambulance with lights and sirens.”
Shelton said no charges have been filed in the accident.