A crash on Thursday at the intersection of Bardstown Road and Hurstbourne Lane injured occupants of an ambulance and the driver of a pickup truck.
A witness is reporting that when the truck was hit, it rolled on to its side, and went up the yard of a dentist office.
Police say the ambulance was responding to a call and had its lights and sirens on and when it went through the intersection on a red light at the same time as the truck and they collided.
Louisville Metro EMS protocol requires that even ambulances with lights and sirens flashing must come to a complete stop at a red light to visualize all surrounding motorists before proceeding through an intersection. Many people assume it is enough if the ambulance simply slows down, but that is actually a violation of the department’s own policy.
I have represented motorists involved in collisions with ambulances. Many times they do not see or hear the ambulance before entering the intersection and crashing. That is why it is even more important for EMS workers to follow department policy at all times while on an emergency response.