Fifteen people were rushed to hospital after a horrific crash involving a fire truck, pickup truck and minibus in Florida. The incident happened Tuesday morning at the intersection of SW 90th Street and SW 80th Avenue, according to Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR).
The preliminary investigation revealed that the bus and pickup truck were traveling southbound on SW 80th Avenue when the ambulance, with its lights and siren activated, entered the intersection. Tragically, the bus and van collided with the ambulance, causing it to overturn on its side.
Firefighters from the nearby MCFR Friendship Fire Station #21 arrived on the scene within minutes and immediately began treating the injured occupants of the three vehicles. Among the 15 people transported to local hospitals were two MCFR firefighters who suffered minor injuries, 11 students, the bus driver and the pickup truck driver. Eight of the students were taken as a precaution, while three had minor injuries.
The bus involved in the crash was identified as belonging to Bridge to Hope, an adult day education center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Authorities are asking drivers to yield to emergency vehicles when they see flashing lights and hear sirens. Marion County Fire Rescue emphasized this crucial safety measure on its Facebook page, reminding citizens of the importance of allowing emergency vehicles to pass through intersections safely.
This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the need for caution and awareness when sharing the road with emergency vehicles.
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