Car Collides With Ambulance, 5 Injured In Armstrong Co.

PARKS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Five people were rushed to area hospitals after a car collided with an ambulance in Armstrong County.

A 24-year-old woman was driving the Volkswagen. Her 30-year old husband was the passenger. They were trying to make a left hand turn from Penn Avenue in Parks Township near their home onto River Road. Witnesses say the car stopped at the stop sign, but then continued to pull into the path of the ambulance.

The Volkswagen was mangled beyond recognition. The front of the ambulance was smashed.

The driver, an EMT and a patient in the ambulance were all injured. The patient in the ambulance was being transported to a routine dialysis appointment, so it was not speeding and the lights were not activated.

The people in the ambulance were able to get out on their own. The driver and other EMT were taken to Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights. The patient was taken to Armstrong Memorial Hospital in Kittanning.

The husband and wife in the Volkswagen had to be pulled from the wreckage. Firefighters had to cut off the roof and the doors of the car. The woman was flown to UPMC Presby. Her husband was taken by ambulance.

A small fire had to be put out under the hood of the ambulance. No flames were reported, but rather heavy smoke.

No word on the names of the victims or the extent of their injuries just yet, but no fatalities have been reported thus far.

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  • Andrew Slavin


    • Tom

      settle down



    • Tom


  • 1-2-3

    What’s a amulance ?

  • Deana Burlingame

    I hope everybody involved will be ok, it’s a shame that this happened. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. My husband was there to assist, he was driving the Liberty Transport tractor trailer.

  • Crystal Remaley

    ok whatever these people save lifes everyday you dont have a clue where they are going when they turn there lights on its not just to get thru lights! You would only hope they risked there lives to safe your loved ones!

    • Mayor of GBD

      according to eh PA Motort Vehicle Code, the ONLY emergency vehicle that doen NOT have the right to ignore red lights and stop signs is an ambulance! That’s because 75% of the accidents involving them is where they just blow thruogh an intersection. Don’t belive me? Look at Title 75 of the Code. It’s in black and white.

      • Tom

        I’d rather be hit by an ambulance than some glorified volunteer whacker while they drive a 30-ton firetruck

      • Mayor of GBD

        look at the condition of the “career” (aka not necessarily “professional”) City rigs. They are trashed due to lack of pride, maintenance and constantly “rubbing” something.

        I’ll be the ratio of volunterr vs career fire apparatus accidents is 1:50.

        Tom, are you willing to pay the taxes to fund a paid staff, around a million a year, for a paid department? i doubt it.

      • Tom

        I love your made-up statistics. Cite your sources and I’ll respond in kind.

        I would rather pay for a paid, professional fire department than deal with the clowns that just sign up and become a “firefighter.” If one were to check the criminal histories on many volunteer firefighters, they would be surprised what “heroes” they are letting into their houses.

        Most volunteer fire departments I have PERSONALLY checked out do not run a background check AT ALL. Disgusting.

      • Mayor of GBD

        mine does and has for over 15 years….we also drug test, something your “professionals” are against.

        As for cost, look it up on the County and State budget sites yourself.

        As for accidents, look it up on insurance and lawsuit website for yourself.

        PAID does not make a professional, just a career.

      • Tom

        So basically, you made up the statistics yourself and are telling me to find the real statistics on my own?

        I really hope you are not a “mayor” of any town at all. You would be the quintessential example of a political clown.

  • Tired Of Wreckless Drivers

    this road is dangerous . theres alot of blind turns and people dont do the speed limit on it . i avoid travelling this road to leechburg, i take the long way all the time due to almost being hit head on several times. hope they are ok, especially the innocent patient in the back of the ambulance. from the sounds of it the girl was at fault so we shall see . best wishes

  • Mayor of GBD

    smoke but no flame was most likely just steam from brkoen collant system…nothing to extinguish.

  • Someone who was there

    For everyone’s information the ambulance was NOT at fault. The woman in the car pulled directly in front of the ambulance who swerved to avoid the collision. Maybe if people would pay more attention to there surroundings things like this wouldn’t happen.

  • G

    @Crystal- if you read the article it stated that the ambulance did NOT have its lights on.

  • false report

    I was a hundred feet away when this accident took place damn shame that i definately heard a ambulance siren before the impact as well as 3 other people Go figure sounds to me like they were in a hurry and how does the motor and transmission get blown out of the car at a 40mph impact.This is a joke every day i hear sirens blasting and flying by way faster than needed.But as it goes put a uniform on and a light on top you got yourself a race car driver.And by the way i pull out of penn ave every day with the blind turn on the left if oncoming is going the posted 40 mph you have plenty of time to get out on the road……….

  • Someone who was there

    For the man who swears he heard sirens…I can promise you sir that those were not the sirens from the ambulance that the lady PULLED RIGHT OUT IN FRONT OF…the sirens you heard were from another ambulance responding to the scene who was 2 seconds away…maybe you should get your facts straight and realize this was a routine trip for the ambulance where no lights or sirens were needed…so please don’t run your mouth about something you know nothing about…

  • Mayor of GBD

    and while you’re at it, look up the statistics on career FF criminal activity….speciffically DUI, Spousal Abuse and Drug Dealing. Some “professionals” aren’t they!

  • Mayor of GBD

    Tom, you’re just lazy I guess ans want spoon fed. I am repeating the statistics I have been told at EVOC…Emergency Vehicle Operations Cirriculum. I doubt any of your “paid” guys even know what that is.

  • Mayor of GBD

    (d) Ambulances, blood delivery vehicles and human organ
    delivery vehicles.–The driver of an ambulance, blood delivery
    vehicle or human organ delivery vehicle shall comply with
    maximum speed limits, red signal indications and stop signs.
    After ascertaining that the ambulance, blood delivery vehicle or
    human organ delivery vehicle will be given the right-of-way, the
    driver may proceed through a red signal indication or stop sign.

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