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Ambulances in action should have their lights and sirens going. They also should be activating the overhead flashers to insure that the lights are changing to their advantage. If they are following the protocol, everyone else should be getting out of their way. There shouldn’t ever be following like you are a running back behind a tackle or any circumstance where you use the light advantage with them. State laws require that you yield the right of way to emergence vehicles.

It looks like in two case this weekend, it didn’t happen in Minneapolis, and as a result, three people were hospitalized:

Around 3:15 a.m Sunday morning, a taxi cab hit an ambulance that was responding to a call. The cab driver was cited for not yielding to an emergency vehicle.

Less than 15 minutes later, a minivan hit an ambulance that was responding to the first crash. Witnesses told police the minivan driver didn’t have his lights on. He was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Again, it looks like speed and drinking played a role, but more investigation is needed to say for sure. As always, people need to keep a look out.

2 Comments

  1. Gravatar for Daniel 8791

    Must have been idiots night out in Minneapolis. Hopefully none of the addtional injuries were serious. Within the last few weeks,I think that I also heard about a vehicle slamming into an ambulance during a torrential downpour. Interesting news indeed and a good reminder for all drivers to yield (and stay yielded) to all emergency vehicles.

  2. Gravatar for Mike Bryant

    It was a very odd weekend. There was also the backing death in St Paul this month. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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