Update: minor injuries reported in ambulance rollover


POSTED: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 5:42pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 10:37am

An emergency response for an emergency vehicle this morning after an ambulance that was transporting a patient rolls over.

Wet roads may be to blame for an ambulance accident this morning in the small community of Santa Maria.

Officials say a Weslaco ambulance was traveling eastbound on Military Hwy toward Valley Baptist Hospital in Harlingen.  That's when the ambulance rolled over and crashed into an abandoned home, bringing down a power line and flashing street signal in the crash.

"One of our ambulances was involved in a rollover accident," said Santiago Cuellar, Weslaco Fire Chief.  "They were transporting a patient to Valley Baptist and they rolled over here at this area.   It was an emergency, they were traveling to Valley Baptist on an emergency."

A total of five people were in the ambulance at the time of the accident.  Three paramedics--including the driver, the patient, and a family member of the patient were all taken to various hospitals for minor injuries.

"Right now there are bumps and bruises," explained Chief Cuellar.  "Basically what we have right now, we do have two patients, two of my medics went to one of the hospitals to Knapp.  And then I have another one that went to Valley Baptist, plus the patient and the family member went to Valley Baptist."

DPS is still conducting their investigation on the exact causes of the accident; however, the slippery road conditions may be the biggest factor in the cause of this ambulance rollover.

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