3 Hospitalized after Head-on Collision between Ambulance, Minivan

Originally reported by Trevor Wilhelm in The Windsor Star

Three people including two paramedics were rushed to different hospitals Wednesday after a minivan collided head-on with an ambulance.

Chatham-Kent police said the minivan driver suffered life-threatening injuries.

Emergency crews responded around 10 a.m. to Queens Line just east of the Highway 401 exit. Queens Line between Merlin Road and the 401 ramp was closed until about 4 p.m. as police investigated.

Police said a 25-year-old Tilbury man in a minivan was headed east when he crossed the centre line. He slammed into a westbound Chatham-Kent Medavie EMS ambulance. The ambulance wasn't carrying a patient but two paramedics were on board.

The minivan driver was airlifted to the London Health Sciences Centre with life-threatening injuries.  Police said he is in critical but stable condition.

The 36-year-old Chatham woman driving the ambulance was transported to Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital with serious injuries.  The other paramedic, a 46-year-old Chatham man, was taken to the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance with minor injuries.

Anyone with information about the crash can call Const. Michael Pearce at 519-355-1092. You can also make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Below is a scene-setting video showing the vehicles involved:

%name Head on crash between minivan and ambulance sends three people to hospital (with video)
SceneSetter: Aftermath Of Crash Between Ambulance And Minivan