Two EMTs injured in crash as other vehicle failed to yield to lights and siren, police say

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NEW HARTFORD — Two EMTs were hospitalized after a van failed to yield to their ambulance on Route 5 Thursday night, according to law enforcement officials.

Police said the Vineall Ambulance was eastbound on Route 5 with emergency lights and siren activated at about 9:30 p.m., because they were rushing a patient with a cardiac issue to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica.

Police said they came upon a 2011 Chrysler mini-van, driven by Claude Crowell, of Rome, who attempted to make a left turn into a gas station ahead of the ambulance.

Police said the ambulance was unable to avoid the mini-van and collided with its passenger side, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.

The EMT in the back of the ambulance, Amy Taylor, suffered face and hip injuries in the crash. Authorities said Taylor continued to treat her patient until they could be transferred to other EMS personnel, who finished the journey to the hospital.

Taylor and the ambulance driver, Charles Sreca, of Vernon, were both taken to the Oneida Health Care Center for treatment of injuries, police said. A passenger in the mini-van, Christina Williams, of Utica, suffered a head injury and was taken to St. Elizabeth, police stated.

Crowell was not injured and was ticketed for failure to yield when making a left turn and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, police said. He is scheduled to appear in court.

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