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4-vehicle crash results in life-threatening injuries for 1

Imagine being an emergency worker. You attend the scenes of hundreds, if not thousands, of serious accidents and emergencies. When you're there, you expect other people to be aware of your presence and to be safe. If they aren't, they could put your life at risk when you're doing your best to help someone else.

This case is a good example of why drivers should move over and slow down when an ambulance is in the area. Fortunately, no one passed away from this incident, but it could have been much worse.

A four-vehicle crash involving an ambulance resulted in injuries, according to a report from Sept. 14. The Houston Fire Department ambulance was struck as it responded to the scene of an accident. The first accident took place at around 4:30 a.m. near the Scarsdale exit.

As the ambulance was responding, a Toyota Corolla hit it. The paramedic's vehicle was pushed forward into disabled vehicles already at the scene. The driver of the Corolla had to be rushed to the hospital. The driver reportedly had life-threatening injuries. One of the drivers in the initial crash and two paramedics were hospitalized. They had non-life-threatening injuries.

Crashes like this one are completely avoidable. Distractions, drunk driving and other behaviors by drivers can put lives at risk. Drivers need to pay attention to the road and to put all their focus on driving safely. It's fortunate that no one was killed in this instance. If you're hurt, you could claim for any injuries you suffered as a result of a secondary collision.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Four-vehicle wreck involving HFD ambulance shutters Gulf Freeway," Keri Blakinger, Sep. 17, 2017

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