Ambulance, police car collide: Calif. officer remains in serious condition after morning accident


Christian Burkin | | Thursday, June 28, 2007

STOCKTON, Calif. A Stockton police officer remained in serious condition at San Joaquin General Hospital late Sunday night after an ambulance collided with her patrol car early that morning.

The officer, Kimberly Sailius, was the driver of a patrol car struck by an American Medical Response ambulance about 3:30 a.m. in the intersection of El Dorado Street and Weber Avenue, police reported.

Police said the patrol car was headed north on El Dorado Street and approaching Weber Avenue and the ambulance was eastbound on Weber Avenue when it struck the patrol car on the driver''s side.

Both vehicles were responding to emergency calls with lights and sirens when they collided. The accident is under investigation by the Stockton Police Department. It was unclear Sunday which of the two vehicles was passing through a red light, said Sgt. Chuck Flesher.

Officer Emiliano Rincon, the passenger in the patrol car with Sailius, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from San Joaquin General Hospital. Both ambulance occupants also suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from Lodi Memorial Hospital.

Sailius has been on the force for approximately 16 months. She and Rincon were responding to a report of a person shot when the two vehicles collided in the intersection. The ambulance was headed to an emergency medical call.

Teri Griffin, communications supervisor for AMR''s LifeCom dispatch center in Salida, said she did not have enough information to comment on the accident.

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