LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – An ambulance responding to an emergency call was involved in an accident just east of Downtown Louisville Monday afternoon that killed one person.
The accident happened at the intersection of Frankfort Avenue and River Road. Police said the ambulance carrying two medical personnel was traveling east on River Road when it smashed into a Geo Metro.
“Apparently there was a blue Geo Metro that was attempting to make a right turn from Frankfort Avenue onto eastbound River Road. As a result of that collision, the driver of the Geo Metro received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene,” LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.
The coroner identified the driver of the Geo Metro as 48-year-old Christopher O'Bryan.
Emergency crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the EMS workers from the truck.
LMPD is still investigating the specifics of the accident. It’s not clear how fast the ambulance was traveling at the time of impact which could be a factor.
According to EMTResources.com, the average ambulance truck weighs slightly more than 14,000 pounds, that’s more than six times the average weight of the Geo Metro.
Police said the siren was working at the time of the collision.
“These vehicles are traveling at a high rate of speed but they are trained for that type of vehicle operation. They are trained to be evasive when necessary and we ask for the public’s help in listening for sirens and looking for lights,” Kristen Miller, Chief of staff at Metro EMS, said.
The EMS workers were transported to the hospital, their condition is unknown.