Truck hits ambulance.

October 2, 2018

OCP file photo

Truck hits ambulance.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

SHELBY TOWNSHIP – The driver of a 2016 Ford F-150 that crossed the center line on Oceana Drive near 80th Avenue, hitting an ambulance Monday evening, Oct. 1, was cited by an Oceana County sheriff’s deputy for “driving left of center,” according to an Oceana County Sheriff’s Office accident report.

The pickup truck driver, a 67-year-old New Era man, received minor injuries in the 5:15 p.m. crash. According to the report, he did not require hospitalization.

The ambulance driver, 32-year-old Rothbury man, and a passenger, a 34-year-old New Era man, were not injured.

The 2017 ambulance was an Oceana County EMS ambulance leased by Life EMS, which took over coverage of Oceana County emergency services the previous evening.

There was no patient in the ambulance, said Kraig Dodge, Vice President of Resource Delivery for Life EMS. The driver and the passenger were the ambulance’s “two-person crew,” Dodge said. The two medics were heading back to the station after a dinner break, he said. They were not en route to an emergency.

Dodge said the truck “side-swiped” the ambulance. “We’re very thankful our crew was OK,” he said.

Both the ambulance and the truck were towed from the scene, according to the report. All of those involved in the crash were wearing seat belts.

The Shelby-Benona Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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