Five people were taken to the hospital after a Toyota sedan collided with an ambulance at Oregon Expressway and El Camino Real at about 10 p.m. Tuesday night (Oct. 26), according to Suzan Minshall, public information officer for the Palo Alto Fire Department.
The ambulance was driving under Code 3 (lights and siren on) northbound on El Camino when it was hit by the Toyota heading westbound on Page Mill Road/Oregon Expressway, Minshall and witnesses said. There were three ambulance personnel and one patient in the ambulance, and one person in the Toyota, she said. (See press release)
All five were transported to Stanford Hospital with varying injuries, but none of the injuries appeared to be life threatening. She did not know the condition of the patient or the genders of those involved.
Josh Byington, a Los Altos High School student, said he was driving behind the ambulance after studying at a friend's house in Palo Alto when he witnessed the collision. He said the Toyota had a green light but apparently failed to notice the lights and siren and hit the rear wheel well of the ambulance, sending both vehicles into a 90-degree spin.
The ambulance flipped onto its right side as the spin began to slow, Byington said.
The front end of the Toyota was completely crushed flat about halfway to the windshield. Light traffic was being detoured in the area.
Minshall said officials will be investigating the crash.