9 Hurt as Ambulance, 3 Vehicles Collide

A city Fire Department ambulance rushing a critically injured woman to a hospital Saturday evening was involved in a four-vehicle accident in which nine people were injured, two of them seriously, police said.

The ambulance had just picked up a 30-year-old woman who had been injured in a traffic accident at the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Indiana Street, according to Officer Tom White. A 30-year-old man was killed in that accident.

A truck driver, who apparently did not hear the ambulance’s siren, drove through the intersection at Whittier and Euclid, and was struck by the ambulance, White said. The truck spun around, hitting two other cars.


Two paramedics and a county firefighter riding in the ambulance suffered minor injuries. Four men in the truck were injured, two seriously. A man and woman in the other two cars were slightly injured.

The injured were taken to County-USC Medical Center and White Memorial Hospital.

Names were not immediately released.