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California ambulance, garbage truck crash leaves 3 hospitalized

When we think of car or truck accidents, we rarely think of emergency vehicles. They are on the roads to help save people, right? However, they are not immune to the car accidents that can plague our streets and may sometimes result in more serious injuries if traveling at high rates of speed.

On April 23, a fire department ambulance collided with a garbage truck in Los Angeles. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but as is typically the nature of two-vehicle collisions, one of the drivers may be found at fault. The driver of the garbage truck, as well as two people who were in the ambulance, were taken to the hospital after the accident.

The nature and extent of personal injury to any of the victims was not immediately known, but the garbage truck driver was in fair condition. Apparently, there were no other passengers in the ambulance, though it was uncertain if anyone else occupied the garbage truck.

When these types of accidents occur, especially in emergency vehicles such as ambulances, there is a great potential for passengers, who may already be in poor physical condition, to suffer serious personal injury. Drivers of public service vehicles hold significant responsibility in operating their vehicles in a manner that won't put civilians at harm, and as with any driver, the same rules and need for attentive driving benefit all drivers on the road. It will be interesting to see the outcome of this crash's investigation.

Source: The Republic, "Ambulance, garbage truck collide in Los Angeles, 2 firefighters, trash truck driver injured," April 23, 2012

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