One person was killed in a head-on collision involving an ambulance Tuesday afternoon in Northeast Hazel Dell, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were dispatched at 1:48 p.m. to the 3600 block of Northeast 78th Street for a report of a two-vehicle crash. Medics and firefighters responded to the call at the same time, according to emergency dispatch logs.
An AMR ambulance occupied by a driver and passenger was traveling on 78th Street when it was struck by an oncoming passenger vehicle, according to a news release from the agency. There was no patient in the ambulance, Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Bryan Fredrickson said.
First responders freed the car’s driver from the wreckage, Fredrickson said, which took an extended amount of time. Medics performed life-saving measures on the driver, but the driver was later pronounced dead at a hospital, according to the sheriff’s office. Authorities have not identified the driver.
The paramedics suffered injuries that are not believed to be life threatening. They were taken by ambulance to a hospital for evaluation, according to AMR.
Deputies ask people to avoid the area while the crash is investigated. The eastbound lanes of 78th Street are closed at 25th Avenue; westbound traffic on 78th Street was blocked at Northeast St. Johns Boulevard, the sheriff’s office said.
The crash is being investigated by the Clark County Traffic Unit.