Rolling Meadows ambulance in crash

Published: 8/20/2010 3:38 PM | Updated: 8/20/2010 5:42 PM

A firefighter/paramedic and the driver of a car received minor injuries Thursday night when the car collided with a Rolling Meadows ambulance.

At about 8:30 p.m., the ambulance and two other Rolling Meadows Fire Department vehicles were on Meacham Road north of Deepwood Lane with their lights and sirens going, on their way an emergency call.

The car pulled over to let the battalion chief's vehicle pass, but then tried to turn left across two lanes of traffic onto Dawngate Lane and struck the side of the ambulance, said Commander Tom Calcagno of the Rolling Meadows Police Department.

Both vehicles went onto the shoulder on the right-hand side of the road.

The driver of the car was shaken up when the air bag deployed and decided to go to the hospital. The firefighter/paramedic decided later to check out a possible injury.

The driver of the car was cited with failure to yield when turning left; failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and driving under the influence of drugs.

The fire department called on their mutual aid pact with other departments to send an ambulance to the original call as well as to the scene. The ambulance involved in the accident was not carrying any patients at the time.

Calcagno said the name of the driver of the car would be released later.