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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:00 am

San Bernardino County Fire Medic Ambulance 26 (MA26) was involved in a two-vehicle traffic accident at the intersection of 40th Street and North Waterman Avenue in the City of San Bernardino at approximately 9:40 a.m. on Aug. 12, according to Tracey Martinez, public information officer.

MA26, stationed in Twin Peaks, was transporting a patient Code 3 (lights and sirens) to a San Bernardino hospital when it became involved in a two-vehicle traffic collision at the intersection, causing the ambulance to roll on its side.

Following the collision, crews notified dispatch and requested assistance, then immediately rendered aid to injured parties, Martinez noted.

Additional San Bernardino County Fire crews responded and continued rendering medical aid. Firefighter Paramedics provided medical assistance to the initial ambulance patient, two SBCoFD ambulance operators, and sole occupant/driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision. All four were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Ambulance personnel and patient were in restraints and seat belts. It’s unknown if the other driver was wearing a seat belt. The San Bernardino Police Department is investigating the accident.

According to the most recent Caltrans data online (2017), the annual average daily traffic at 40th Street and North Waterman Avenue (at the base of State Route 18) in San Bernardino is 23,500 cars. Seasonal fluctuations in traffic and peak hours affect the amount of congestion at any point in time, but the high volume of traffic serves as a reminder for commuters and visitors to be particularly cautious in this area.

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