Most states have enacted some type of move-over laws stating that in the presence of emergency vehicles, drivers must move over a lane. In some states, if the driver is unable to move over, they must slow down to under the speed limit. These laws are intended to protect the safety of both the drivers and workers in the emergency vehicles as well as the drivers and passengers in other vehicles on the roadways. The fines and fees for violating these laws can vary from state to state, but they can be steep.
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reports that one person was killed and five have been hospitalized in a crash that involved a Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulance.
The accident occurred at about 6:20 a.m. in Pleasant Grove, Texas at the intersection of Scyene Road and Glover Pass.
An ambulance was parked at the stop sign as emergency workers tended to a patient in the back while on the way to the hospital.
A 15-year-old boy was driving at a high rate of speed along Scyene Road when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle left the roadway, hitting a sign and a concrete DART bus stop bench.
The accident caused the vehicle to flip over and sink into the ground. It then hit the driver’s side door of the ambulance.
The driver of the ambulance was hospitalized with minor injuries before being released. The paramedic suffered from a possible concussion.
A 16-year-old girl in the vehicle that hit the ambulance succumbed to her injuries. The other passenger, a 16-year-old male suffered from serious injuries.
The driver of the vehicle had injuries that were not life-threatening. He has been charged with manslaughter and four counts of assault.
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