Area ambulances in minor accidents

2 emergency vehicles sideswiped in 3 days

Posted: Monday, August 04, 2003

Ambulances from Central Emergency Services and the Kenai Fire Department were involved in minor sideswipe accidents within three days of each other recently.

On July 26 at about 6 p.m., Kenai medics were assisting a female dipnetter on the north beach at the mouth of the Kenai River when a pickup truck with a camper tried going around their parked ambulance.

The camper didn't quite have enough room and "rubbed the paint" on the ambulance, according to Fire Chief Scott Walden, who said neither vehicle was damaged.

Three days later, a CES ambulance was taking a patient to Soldotna Municipal Airport for a medical air transfer when a three-quarter ton truck came around a curve on Funny River Road, crossed the center line and sideswiped the emergency vehicle.

No one was injured in the noontime accident, and CES has not completed its estimate of damage to the vehicle yet, according to Assistant Chief Steve O'Connor.

"It's an emergency response vehicle, and we want to be sure we haven't missed any of the damage," O'Connor said.

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