Five people were recovering Tuesday after a two-vehicle Memorial Day accident on Route 22 that involved a Carrolltown ambulance transporting a 7-month-old girl responders said.
The infant was being transported by the John Carroll Area Ambulance Service from UPMC Altoona to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on Route 22 in Salem Township, Westmoreland County, when it hit a Toyota sedan in the westbound lane, Forbes Road fire Chief Bob Rosatti said.
Crews arrived to find both vehicles badly damaged, Rosatti said.
The Toyota was sideways, and T-boned by the ambulance on the highway, trapping the sedan’s motorist inside – but the ambulance crew involved was already at work attending to the injured motorist, Rosatti said.
“The (sedan) driver was entrapped in the vehicle. But the Carrolltown crew was already out there. They did a great job of jumping in and assisting,” Rosatti said.
The 7-month-old child was shifted to a responding ambulance for care and was taken to Children’s Hospital for treatment. The infant had a broken femur, that was not sustained in the crash, he said.
“That was the reason they were making the trip,” Rosatti said.
Kiski Valley state police did not list the condition of the unidentified 36-year-old driver of the Toyota.
Tim Burkhart, the Carrolltown station’s manager, said the ambulance’s driver, a 19-year-old EMT, injured his hand in the accident.
A 40-year-old paramedic who was also on board sustained minor injuries, too, but stayed at her post, attending to the ambulance’s other passengers until a local medical crew arrived, he said.
“I’m proud of the way they reacted at the scene,” Burkhart said. “Despite their injuries, they did what they do. They sprung into action and started treating the patients at the scene.
“I’m proud of the way they reacted at the…