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Allegedly negligent driver of ambulance causes fatal crash

A fatal crash recently occurred in Louisiana. According to police, a negligent driver of an ambulance caused the three-vehicle accident. The collision took place on a Monday.

Police reported that the driver of the ambulance was trying to respond to a medical emergency when the accident happened a little before 5 p.m. near an intersection. The ambulance was going south along U.S. 61 and ended up drifting into a left turn lane. Police said they did not know why the vehicle drifted. The ambulance then allegedly struck a car's rear bumper, pushing the car into the northbound lanes. At that time, an SUV struck the car, causing the SUV to leave the road and catch fire.

The SUV driver, a 62-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. A 40-year-old passenger in the SUV was transported to a medical center with moderate injuries. Meanwhile, the 66-year-old ambulance driver and his passenger, age 61, suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital. The car driver and his passenger, age 2, suffered moderate injuries and were transported to the hospital. The ambulance driver may face charges of negligent injury and negligent homicide, with speed being considered a causal factor in the crash.

The individuals who suffered injuries in the Louisiana vehicle crash may opt to file personal injury claims against the allegedly negligent driver as well as his employer. Likewise, the surviving loved ones of the deceased SUV driver may choose to file a wrongful death claim. If the ambulance driver ends up being charged and later convicted, proof of the conviction may be presented in a related civil court proceeding in an effort to establish liability.

Source: nola.com, "Ambulance driver faulted in crash that killed woman; injured 5: State Police", Littice Bacon-Blood, Aug. 23, 2016

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