Jeep and ambulance collide, 5 sent to hospital


by Johnny Archer

Posted on November 23, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 9:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It was a Metro EMS crew that found themselves in need of help after they crashed at the intersection of 1st and Broadway in downtown Louisville.

Police say a Jeep Cherokee slammed into the driver’s side of the ambulance around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Jeep suffered significant damage and the door was removed from the ambulance where two crew members were inside.

“They were not responding to a run and did not have a patient in the ambulance,” Col. Lee Dennison of Metro EMS said.

The two crew members and three people inside the Jeep were taken to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

People familiar with the area have many concerns about the intersection.

“You just go to watch what you’re doing when you cross the street,” Robert Brown, a pedestrian said.

“It’s a hot mess. Insurance rates have to be sky high because of this area,” Denise Coleman said.

1st and Broadway in front of the Thornton’s gas station can be heavily congested during the day.

“Everybody is in such a hurry. Everybody needs to slow down a little bit and pay attention to what they’re doing instead of 10 things besides driving,” Coleman said.

But it proves to be just as dangerous at night.