RIVERSIDE: Several hospitalized after truck plows into ambulance

RIVERSIDE — Several people, including a patient being transported to an area hospital from an unrelated medical emergency, were injured when a pickup truck smashed into an ambulance Saturday, July 22. The early-morning accident happened at the intersection of Arlington and Crest Avenues in Riverside.

Riverside Fire and Police Departments were dispatched to the scene of the accident about 2:15 a.m., after city dispatchers were notified about the collision by several motorists and other witnesses. 911 callers told emergency dispatchers a pickup truck had collided into the rear of an ambulance at the intersection and that several people from both vehicles were injured as a result of the wreck.

When they arrived at the scene, police and fire officials found a red pickup truck with major, front-end damage and an American Medical Response ambulance with minor rear-end damage.

Several additional AMR ambulances and an AMR supervisor responded to the scene  to assist with assessing and treating those injured in the wreck.

At least three victims were transported by separate AMR ambulances to area hospitals. One victim reportedly sustained major injuries, the other two victims sustained minor to moderate injuries.

Firefighter/paramedics evaluated and treated both AMR medics at the scene. Neither was reportedly injured in the collision.

Officials have not ruled out alcohol or drug intoxication as possible contributing factors in the accident; the cause of which is under investigation.

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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

s a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

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