Three people were injured in an early morning accident involving a Longwood Fire Co. ambulance on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 3:13 a.m.
Police said Daniel L. Poole, 24, of West Grove was driving south in his 2003 Neon on Village Lane at the Shoppes at Longwood Village. He failed to stop at the traffic light and entered Route 1 in front of the ambulance, hitting it in the front driver side area.
Longwood Fire Co. President Ray McKay said the ambulance was returning to the firehouse from a call.
Poole suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Christiana Hospital. John Robinson, 39, the driver of the ambulance, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Christiana Hospital as well. He was due to be released on Tuesday.
A passenger in the ambulance, medic Francis Rayner, 40, of Clifton Heights suffered minor injuries and was taken to Chester County Hospital and has since been released.
Police said pneumatic cutting devices were used to extract Robinson.
All medical equipment was removed from the damaged ambulance at the scene of the accident, McKay said. He added that the electronic equipment was dysfunctional at the crash site.
The crash is still under investigation, and it has not yet been determined if alcohol was a factor in the accident.
McKay said the fire company has ordered a new ambulance that was due in September. He called the vendor this week and was told it would be a few more weeks before it comes. "I can't come soon enough," McKay said.
In addition to the new ambulance that has not yet arrived, the Longwood Fire Co. has one vehicle ready for trade-in parked in back and another one that is usable. It also has another ambulance on loan from Concordville Fire Co. to use until the new one comes in.
Members of the Longwood and Kennett Square Fire companies assisted at the scene.