The two Woodside Fire Protection District medics who were in an ambulance when it was struck from behind in an alleged DUI hit-and-run on southbound Interstate 280 Saturday evening, Aug. 18, are out of the hospital, fire Chief Dan Ghiorso told The Almanac.
"They both went home that night," Ghiorso said. One is back at work and the other is expected back soon, he added.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a 1998 Toyota 4Runner struck the back of the ambulance on I-280 just south of the Edgewood Road exit ramp, where the freeway passes over Canada Road. There were no patients in the ambulance at the time, the CHP said.
The Toyota driver was allegedly speeding and intoxicated at the time of the crash, according to a statement from the CHP.
CHP Officer Christine Ross said Monday morning that they are not yet releasing his name and that she did not know his age or city of residence, noting that the driver was not carrying identification.
The collision caused the ambulance to overturn, blocking the center divider and one lane of traffic, police said.
After the crash, the driver of the Toyota continued south on I-280 and was involved in a non-injury collision two miles south of the first crash. The driver fled on foot from the scene of the second collision, the CHP said.
Following a search of the area, the Toyota driver was located and arrested for felony DUI and felony hit-and-run, according to the CHP. The Toyota driver was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries, while the driver and passenger in the ambulance were taken to the hospital with minor and major non-life-threatening injuries, respectively.
The driver of the 1998 Toyota 4Runner may have a broken leg, Ross said.
The driver has not been jailed, Ross said.
The ambulance, a Ford E-450, was traveling at 65 miles per hour and was headed back to Woodside from a call, Ghiorso said.
The ambulance is a total loss, Ghiorso said. Witness accounts vary, with reports that it rolled two, three or four times, Ghiorso said. "We know it rolled more than once," he said.
The ambulance blocked one lane of traffic for about 45 minutes, the CHP said.
The speed of the Toyota is not likely to come to light, Ross said, in that there were no fatalities in the accident and thus no plans to retrieve the black box from the vehicle.