Ambulance Stolen, Damaged in Crash

A city Fire Department ambulance stolen in the Westlake area early Monday was found crashed in the Hyde Park section of South Los Angeles, fire officials said.

Shortly after midnight, paramedics went to the aid of a person having trouble breathing in the 900 block of South Lake Street.

When they left the apartment, the ambulance was gone, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells.

At 12:42 a.m., the ambulance was reportedly involved in a two-vehicle crash near Western and Florence avenues, Wells said. Two people were injured in the crash, and one was taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, he said.

The damaged ambulance was found about two blocks from the accident, Wells said.

The accident and vehicle theft are under investigation, Wells said.

Details of the accident were not immediately available, and no suspects were in custody, officials said.

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