On July 25, a multi-vehicle collision claimed the life of one person and injured two others when a car collided with an ambulance approximately 50 miles southwest of Queens in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The ambulance was carrying two emergency medical technicians to the scene of a crash in East Brunswick when the deadly incident occurred.
Preliminary reports indicate that the deadly series of events happened at about 8 a.m. near the intersection of Cranbury Road and Ryder Lane. Sources say that a car hit the ambulance, which was in the process of responding to an unrelated call with its siren and emergency lights in operation. The force of the crash caused the ambulance to flip and strike a second car.
No injuries have been reported in connection with the second car involved in the crash. The driver of the first car and the EMT who was behind the wheel of the ambulance were both reported to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries. However, a second EMT who was traveling in the ambulance was killed.
According to one law enforcement official, the 22-year-old woman, who was a recent graduate of Rutgers University, was working her last shift as an EMT before starting medical school when the fatal accident happened. The investigation into the cause of the crash remains under investigation.
When promising futures are cut short as the result of car accidents caused by the negligence of another, surviving family members may be able to pursue financial compensation for their loss through the pursuit of a wrongful death claim with the assistance of an attorney. Damages that are typically sought in this type of civil action include funeral and burial expenses and other amounts permitted by statute.
Source: NBC New York, "EMT Killed in NJ Ambulance Crash Was Set to Start Med School: Source," Michael George, July 27, 2015