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DRUNK DRIVER FLIPS AMBULANCE

Just after 2 a.m. Sunday, Houston Police were working a crash on West Loop 610 near Woodway. One of the vehicles made it to the feeder. However, the second vehicle, a bobtail truck ,was still on he left inside lane of the freeway. Houston Fire Department Ambulance 2 responded and a Houston Police Officer went to the truck to check on the driver. He was not injured. Due to the dangerous location, the officer decided top get the truck moved off the freeway. With the officer in the left lane, and the ambulance in the third lane from the inside wall, and the truck between them, they headed for the exit ramp. Emergency lights were activated going on both the ambulance and the patrol car.

Unfortunately, a man who later took being a Houston Texans fan too far, was just leaving the Wild Wild West Club on Richmond Avenue. He was driving a pickup truck, with his female companion as a passenger, when he failed to move over a lane and slow down for an emergency vehicle. He then slammed into the back of the ambulance, at full highway speed or above. The ambulance traveled a short distance forward before shifting sideways, still being pushed by the pickup truck. The ambulance then flipped over on its side. As it flipped onto its side, the ambulance slid down the freeway and struck a Cadillac Escalade that was entering the freeway.

The driver of the Escalade was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Both medics on the ambulance were slightly injured and transported to the hospital.

The Texans fan and his passenger were also transported in stable condition. Police say the man was intoxicated. At one point, officers asked his name and he pointed at his shirt, a J.J. Watt jersey bearing the football star’s name, and asked if the officers could read, implying he was J.J. Watt. It was obvious to everyone on scene, he was NOT Watt…

The northbound lanes of the freeway remained closed until just before 9 a.m.

The ambulance was totaled.

With the crash taking up most of the lanes, motorists decided to try to drive through the scene to continue their journey. As multiple fire trucks and ambulances began to arrive motorists ignored the air horns and sirens, endangering the lives of others, just so they would not be stuck in traffic.

 

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