Collision between MCFR ambulance and pickup truck

[Courtesy of Marion County Fire Rescue]

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Posted December 21, 2023 | By Caroline Brauchler

One person has been transported to the Ocala Regional Medical Center’s trauma center after a collision between a pickup truck and a Marion County Fire Rescue Ambulance at Highway 484 and Marion Oaks Pass shortly after 12 p.m. Thursday.

The ambulance, Rescue #24, was responding to a medical call involving a stroke, but had no patients on board at the time of the accident, said MCFR spokesperson James Lucas.

The driver of the pickup had to be extricated from the vehicle and was then transported to the trauma hospital.

Both vehicles were traveling westbound on 484, and the ambulance was following behind an MCFR engine, both with lights and sirens on. The driver of the pickup pulled over to allow the engine to pass but then attempted to make a left turn onto Marion Oaks Pass, crossing in the way of the ambulance, which struck the truck’s driver’s side, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The driver of the pickup truck was also found to be at fault for the accident, said Lucas. The driver was issued a citation for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, according to FHP.

Two first responders were in the ambulance at the time of the crash, with no civilians inside. The MCFR personnel were evaluated for any injuries while at the scene, but refused any further treatment, Lucas said.

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