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Ambulance, truck collide at Route 1 intersection

April 17, 2021

Delaware State Police are investigating an April 17 crash at the intersection of Route 1 and Old Landing Road near Rehoboth.

The crash happened at 10:05 a.m. when a 1998 Ford F-150, towing a small utility trailer and driven by a 62-year-old Delaware man, was traveling in the left southbound lane of Route 1 approaching the intersection of Old Landing Road with a green light, said Master Cpl. Heather Pepper of the Delaware State Police.

At the same time, she said, a 2014 International Horton Ambulance, operated by a 24-year-old female Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company employee, was traveling eastbound on Old Landing Road with its emergency equipment and siren activated. The light on Old Landing Road was red as the ambulance intended to turn left at the intersection and head northbound on Route 1 to deliver a patient on board to a nearby hospital, Pepper said.

As the ambulance crossed over the southbound lanes of Coastal Highway, Pepper said, the front of the Ford F-150 struck the front left of the ambulance within the intersection.

The operator of the Ford F-150 was properly restrained and refused medical treatment on scene; the ambulance operator was properly restrained and transported to an area hospital by ambulance for minor injuries and was released. A 36-year-old Delaware woman, an EMT employed by the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company and seated in the ambulance’s rear area treating the patient, refused medical treatment on scene.

The 78-year-old patient, a Delaware woman being transported to an area hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries at the time of the collision, was transferred to a different ambulance and taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

This collision remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed at this time. Anyone with information regarding this collision should contact Det. K. Argo with the Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-703-3264

The intersection of Coastal Highway and Old Landing Road was closed for about two hours while the on-scene investigation was conducted.

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