DETROIT (WWJ) – The Jaws of Life had to be used to extract an EMS worker from the rapid response vehicle after it was broadsided by another vehicle.

The accident happened just after 8 a.m. Wednesday on Linwood just north of Glendale Street on the city’s west side.

EMS Chief Jerald James said the rapid response vehicle was traveling to another scene when it was struck by a sedan.

“Our crew was responding to an emergency call and they did have their lights and sirens activated,” James told WWJ’s Vickie Thomas. “Unfortunately, as they entered the intersection, they were struck broadside by a passenger vehicle.”

WWJ’s Bill Szumanski, hovering over the accident in Chopper 950, described the scene.

“A blue sedan broadsided, t-boned if you will, one of those SUV units from the Detroit Fire Department EMS. Now while we were here, what the other responding three EMS units did, everybody crowded around and they had to cut the driver’s door open and take their compadre out of that vehicle and they strapped him to one of the stretchers here,” he said.

Two EMS workers and three others, including at least one child, were rushed to the hospital with unspecified injuries, but are all expected to survive.

“Our EMT’s are conscious right now, some bruises, some aches and pains, but it looks like everyone is going to be OK,” James said.

Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and for the latest.


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