Crash involving box truck and ambulance seriously injures EMS worker | Local


CAMBRIDGE – Four people were injured in an accident involving a box truck and an ambulance on Friday.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Main Street East. Police said the call arrived around 6:30 p.m. and Route 313 remained closed until around 1 a.m.

According to the Cambridge-Greenwich Police Department, the box truck and ambulance collided head-on at the intersection. Each vehicle had a driver and a passenger. People in the van appeared to have head injuries and were sent to Albany Medical Center for treatment.

The ambulance, which belonged to the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, was responding to a call and had no patients inside, police said. The driver was sent to Bennington, Vermont, for treatment of her injuries.

Police said the passenger had to be extricated from the ambulance and suffered leg injuries.

Authorities were initially unsure of the severity of the injuries, prompting them to call a helicopter for transport. However, the helicopter was canceled due to weather conditions. Police said no one involved in the crash suffered serious injuries.

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The ambulance passenger had serious injuries to his legs and pelvis, police said.

The Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad released a statement from Mark Spiezio, operations chief, on their Facebook page informing the public of the crash.

According to the statement, the ambulance was responding to a non-emergency call for illness in the town of White Creek.

“The collision caused significant damage to the ambulance and seriously injured one of our crew,” Spiezio said in the statement. “We send our thoughts and prayers to the two gentlemen who were injured in the truck. We wish them a very quick recovery.

One of the people in the ambulance attends the area university and returns to Cambridge every week to volunteer with the team, the statement said.

She has recently been added to the paid staff of the team. The other person was an active volunteer and a full-time paid employee, the statement said.

“She is one of our primary community paramedics, including working in our school details and performing COVID testing,” Spiezio said in the statement.

Police said a Saratoga County Accident Reconstruction Team attended the scene and investigated the crash. The investigation was underway on Saturday afternoon.

Jay Mullen is a reporter for The post-star covering the Town of Glens Falls, County Warren and Crime and Courts. You can reach him at (518) 742-3224 or [email protected]

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