HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Two people injured in a Henrico County crash involving an ambulance have been taken to the hospital and are expected to be OK.
A Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad ambulance was involved in a crash at the intersection of Gaskins Road and W. Broad Street on Wednesday, causing delays in the area. It’s an incident Battalion Chief Doug Reynolds says could have been avoided.
“We’re always heading to an emergency so if everybody’s paying attention to what’s going on it helps us get to the call a lot quicker,” Reynolds said. “And sometimes seconds are the difference between life and death.”
The driver of the other vehicle was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
A member of the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad was also transported to a local hospital.
“It’s always tough working a call where you know the people, and people that you work with so those kinds of calls definitely make us nervous,” Reynolds said.
Wednesday’s crash is just one of many crashes involving ambulances throughout the area and Battalion Chief Reynolds says in Henrico they take extra safety steps to avoid these types of accidents.
“Ultimately we just can’t charge through an intersection, we still have to slow down,” Reynolds said. “As soon as you see us coming, make your way to the side of the road. That’s going to allow us to get to the call in a safe manner.”
An investigation into the crash is underway.
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