The OPP says there won’t be any charges after an OPP vehicle ran into the back of a Lambton County EMS unit.
During Thursday’s white out conditions an OPP SUV ran into the back of an ambulance from the Petrolia station.
The crew of three, including a Lambton College students on placement, had been called to the 11 vehicle accident which shutdown the 402 and were on their way back to the station when they came upon three vehicles stuck in stuck in the snow. As the ambulance stopped to make sure everyone was okay, the SUV slammed into the back of the vehicle, pushing the steel bumper underneath the ambulance, making it unsafe to drive.
The two paramedics and the student were taken to hospital to be assess but released later in the evening.
The OPP officers in the vehicle were not injured in the incident but the SUV sustained “considerable” front end damage according to sources.
Jeff Brooks, the manager of Lambton EMS, says there was not much that could have been done to prevent the accident. “When there is an accident we look at what can we do different as far as scene control but when the visibility goes away there is not much you can do when people are on the road driving,” says Brooks.
He isn’t sure exactly how long the unit will be off the road, however he says service won’t be affected since there are other EMS units available.
OPP Sgt. Dave Rektor says whenever an OPP vehicle is involved in a collision the Technical Collision Investigation Unit takes over. The results of the investigation will be sent to senior command to see if charges should be laid.
“I can say with absolute certainty there will be no charges…there was zero visibility at the time,” says Rektor.
“There is no reasonable prospect of prosecution if charges were laid as I could safely say would be the same with most cases that day.”