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Paramedic Injured While Responding to Crash

During the holiday season, traffic can become slightly worse than usual. It’s during this time of the year that a greater number of drivers hit the road. But it’s also the time of the year that drinking and distractions end up taking their toll. Because many drivers are not as careful or safety-oriented, many succumb to the pressure. And that’s why so many DUI and distracted driving accidents are seen during this time of the year. Whenever people are injured in these accidents, paramedics are called to the scene. They save lives, even if the ones who are injured were irresponsible or negligent behind the wheel. That’s why when we hear of crashes that impacted and injured these hard-working life savers, we feel that it is our duty to share the story with our readers.

According to a series of news reports, an ambulance drivers from West Richland had responded to the scene of rear-end collision when a vehicle coming from behind crashed into her. TH American Medical Resource (AMR) ambulance was on Interstate 90 when the crash happened, about seven miles west of Moses Lake. Authorities believe that a Lincoln going too fast was responsible.

The 24-year-old driver was slowing the vehicle down while in the westbound lanes when the 2013 Lincoln attempted to change lanes while in the other land. As a result, the vehicle crashed into the ambulance. Both sirens and lights of the emergency vehicle were activated. While the driver wasn’t injured, a 51-year-old paramedic occupying the emergency vehicle was injured and treated at a local hospital.

The crew was responding to one accident on I-90 that was may have occurred due to the bad weather. Since several accidents were reported, the road was closed for 12 hours after the crashes. The Lincoln driver was ticketed for driving too fast for the road conditions. No other injuries were reported.

While we’re happy that nobody was seriously injured, we’re saddened that drivers still have a hard time handling certain conditions while traveling in Washington. With the weather exposing us to icy, snow-covered roads, we must know about the possible consequences of driving too fast. Speed, much like distractions, make accidents more likely to happen. Do not let this happen to you or a loved one.

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