Taxi Passenger Critically Hurt After Cab Hits Ambulance

A taxi passenger is in critical condition after the cab he was riding in collided with an ambulance in Center City early Tuesday morning.

The crash happened at 8th and Vine Streets, just off of Interstate 676 near Franklin Square, around 2:30 a.m., Philadelphia Police tell

Witnesses say the City Cab Company taxi ran a red light and hit the Jefferson LifeStar ambulance that was traveling southbound on 8th Street.

The impact of the crash sent both vehicles careening onto a concrete island. The ambulance's front end was completely smashed and the front driver side of the cab was damaged. A traffic signal was also destroyed by the impact.

The taxi's passenger, a man in his 40s, was crticially hurt in the crash and was taken to Jefferson University Hospital, police said.

The EMS worker suffered a leg injury and the cabbie earned cuts and bruises, police said. Both were also taken to Jefferson University Hospital where they remain in stable condition.

Philadelphia Police's Accident Investigaton Divison is investigating the incident.

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