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Halfway ambulance wrecks

December 28, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

HALFWAY - A Halfway ambulance on an emergency call collided with a pickup truck at Massey Boulevard and Railway Lane Tuesday evening, according to ambulance company spokesman Alan Matheny.

The ambulance was en route to a call for a person with respiratory problems at 8:22 p.m. when the vehicles collided.

No patients were in the ambulance when it crashed, and the three medics aboard were uninjured, Matheny said. The driver of the pickup truck also escaped injury, but the vehicle was towed from the scene, he said.

The ambulance's front end was damaged, but it could be driven. It was expected to be out of service for a few days, Matheny said.

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The fire company has two ambulances in its fleet. With one out of commission, Halfway will be able to go on fewer calls and will rely on other companies, he said.

Community Rescue Service and Williamsport Ambulance will be asked to respond to calls in the Halfway coverage area if necessary, he said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department was investigating the accident and the fire company will also look into the incident, he said.

"The driver was relieved of his driving duties until the outcome of the investigation," Matheny said in a press release.

The accident occurred during the start of the season's first snowfall. Less than an inch of snow fell, but temperatures in the 20s and 30s made some roads icy.

Matheny said it had not been determined whether the weather was a factor.

About 10 fire and rescue personnel went to the accident.

Additional details were unavailable Tuesday evening.

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