CARMICHAEL, Calif. (CBS13) — A collision between a deputy’s patrol cruiser and an ambulance left a law enforcement officer and two paramedics with non-life threatening wounds, authorities said.

The California Highway Patrol said the Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy and the ambulance were traveling “Code 3” — with lights and sirens active — while responding to different calls near the intersection of Garfield Avenue and Winding Way on Sunday afternoon.

The deputy’s vehicle slammed into the side of the ambulance, flipping the larger vehicle onto its side and sending it into a residential backyard. It isn’t immediately clear who had the right-of-way.

The two paramedics were able to exit the ambulance on their own and assist the deputy, who suffered significant facial injuries and is underwent surgery Sunday evening. Both of the paramedics was later transported to the hospital for treatment.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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Comments (18)
  1. Phillip Ramos says:

    I can see how this unfortunate event took place. Both were in a hurry and probably were responding to the same call but were unaware of each other. Solution is all emergency vehicles need a system that tracks all vehicle responding to a call and allows them to see the possible dangers of emergency vehicles colliding into an intersection.

    1. 1slide says:

      The situation could be to LOOK before you go blasting thru an intersection. Common sense. Obviously someone did not look very well before they crossed the intersection.

      1. jjvv says:

        so true. Most of the time when I see emergencies vehicles, they usually pause at the intersection even though they are on a run, lights, siren and all. But they always seem to pause and look around and proceed when safe to do so. Wonder what happen here?

    2. Mike W says:

      I agree with you phillip. Each and every unit in the field needs something that tells them, “hey watch out, our about to come in contact with another unit, use cation while in area.” I hope the guys are ok! Ill keep them in my prayers.

  2. kaiser says:

    The officer was probably using a mobile phone. I had seen few occasions when they were on the phone and the unfortunate thing is I can’t take out my phone to take a picture of them because I will be cited even for holding the phone while driving….

    1. 1slide says:

      Police officers are excempt from the handheld cell phone law.

      1. Sara Dechert says:

        i don’t think that’s fair. they have radios to communicate with there fellow officers, and there stations.

      2. bill says:

        no they are not, read the law, I did

    2. Divi says:

      He he he,so funny. They are supercharged with starbucks espressos before they responded.

    3. informed says:

      Officers are exempt from the cell phone law like 1slide wrote. Since most people have the ability to scan law enforcement radio the cell phone is used to coordinate an approach so it can’t be overheard. Also, the radio on many major incidents is nonstop and a cell phone is easier to get contact another officer. The cell phone has become a second radio for officers. Why do so many citizen’s out there get so upset over this. It’s a 1st grade mentality…if I can’t then why can he. Let cops do their job and if a cell phone helps them do their job then let them use it!

      1. dillbean says:

        Agreed, informed. Law enforcement officers also get to drive through red lights, speed down the street, etc…they have different rules, people! Stop crying that the officers are on their cell phones!

  3. bon says:

    Lot of errors in the writing. Would be really awesome if the writer reads his article and checks to make sure there are no grammar or writing errors before publishing it.

  4. rmcsticks says:

    jjvv you are right about seeing them slow before entering an intersection because its the law, Emg. vehicels by law are not allowed to just bust through intersections, they may only proceed at a speed of just 5 mph and they are equipt strob lights that turn all green lights at intersections red so everyone comes to a stop (not all intersection have this but most do.

  5. Jeff W. says:

    @rmcsticks Not all emergency vehicles have opticoms to change the lights at Intersections and not all Intersections have the device either. As far as the Law about approaching Intersections, the Law is 15 mph and some Agencies have policies that are more strict than the California Vehicle Code. Driving Code 3 is exciting and scary. Multiple radios, pagers, MDT Info and lots of defensive driving are just some of the tasks involved while driving Code 3, try a ride-a-long some time!!

  6. rmcsticks says:

    your probly right , I worked for CDF and have driven code 3 as a first responder many times ,some times we would leave off the lights and siren as not to shake people up until we got out on the open road. (safer for us ) we were not able to blow an intersection faster then 5mph, so with that said Iv done the ride along and got paid.it was fun and fast paced and I have a lot of respect for these guys….

  7. Terri says:

    First and for most let thank god that is was not worst than what is was. Regardless what happen no one was truly hurt my prayers are with them all.

  8. Jason says:

    Wonder what happen to the poor sap that needed the ambulance ride.

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