Crash involving a Rehoboth Beach Fire Company Ambulance under investigation

Police say no charges have been filed in an early Saturday morning crash involving a Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company ambulance that sent it’s operator to the hospital with minor injuries.

REHOBOTH BEACH (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: A Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company Ambulance enroute to a local hospital with a patient was struck by a pickup truck towing a trailer on Old Landing Road and Coastal Highway early Saturday morning.

Police say no charges have been filed at this time, but the ambulance driver, identified only as a 24-Year-Old woman, was transported to a local area hospital where she was later released with minor injuries. 

The accident happened Saturday around 10:00 a.m. on Coastal Highway and Old Landing Road, Delaware State Police said.

Police say a 1998 Ford F-150, towing a small utility trailer, was being operated by a 62-year-old male of Delaware, was traveling southbound on Coastal Highway (SR1) in the left southbound lane approaching the intersection of Old Landing Road with a green light when it struck the ambulance.

The ambulance, a 2014 International Horton Ambulance, was being operated by a 24-year-old female from the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department and was traveling eastbound on Old Landing Road, approaching the Coastal Highway intersection.

Police say the ambulance was intending to make a left turn onto North Coastal Highway with it’s emergency lights and sirens activated.

The light on Old Landing Road at the intersection was red at the time of the crash and as the ambulance crossed over the southbound lanes of Coastal Highway, the front of the Ford F-150 struck the front left of the ambulance within the intersection.

The operator of the Ford F-150 was properly restrained and refused medical treatment on scene.

The ambulance operator was properly restrained and transported to an area hospital by ambulance for minor injuries and was released.

A 36-year-old female of Delaware, EMT employed by the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, was seated in the ambulance’s rear, treating the patient, refused medical treatment on scene.

The 78-year-old female of Delaware patient being transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries at the time of the collision was transferred to a different ambulance and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

This collision remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed at this time. Anyone with information regarding this collision should contact Det. K. Argo with the Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-703-3264

The intersection of Coastal Highway and Old Landing Road was closed for approximately two hours while the on-scene investigation was conducted.

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