Ambulance, SUV Crash Into Laundromat, 6 Hurt

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    Six people went to the hospital following an ambulance crash involving two other vehicles in the East Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. One of the victims is a man who was being transported in the ambulance at the time of the crash. (Published Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014)

    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.

    Ambulance, SUV Collide

    [PHI] Ambulance, SUV Collide
    An ambulance and sports utility vehicle crash into each other in the East Mount Airy section of the city at Chew Avenue and Washington Lane. Dispatchers later said seven people were hurt. (Published Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014)

    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.