An ambulance rushing a person to the hospital collided with a sports utility vehicle this morning causing a busy intersection to close for hours and leaving six people hurt.
The two vehicles crashed into one another at Chew Avenue and Washington Lane in Philadelphia’s East Mount Airy neighborhood around 8:40 a.m. then collided with a parked car before coming to rest against a laundromat and ATM.
The ambulance was transporting a patient down Chew at the time its sirens blaring and lights flashing, according to police. Investigators said it appeared the ambulance went through a red light and struck the SUV.
"There was a guy in the ambulance," said witness Bernard Gibbs.
The patient was already suffering from serious injuries at the time and was transported to the hospital.
Two people in the parked car, two medics and the driver of the SUV all suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to investigators.
The force of the wreck pushed the vehicles onto the sidewalk -- taking out a mailbox -- before crashing into the building.
Crews closed the intersection as they investigated.
Licenses and Inspections, Philadelphia Gas Works and other investigators rushed to the scene to determine what exactly happened and when the laundromat could reopen.