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AMR Medic Ejected from Ambulance During Crash

ONTARIO, Calif. — A Ford hubcap, glass and a license plate littered the street Wednesday morning after an ambulance and a sport utility vehicle collided in Chino Hills, Calif.

A female employee of American Medical Response was thrown out of the back of the ambulance by the impact at Chino Hills Parkway and Peyton Drive, said San Bernardino County sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Florence.

She was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, reportedly with minor injuries.

A pregnant woman in the SUV was also taken to Arrowhead Regional.

The ambulance was on its way to a call and had its lights flashing when the crash occurred about 9:25 a.m., said sheriff’s spokeswoman Arden Wiltshire.

The ambulance was moving west on Chino Hills Parkway when it and a Cadillac Escalade going north on Peyton collided.

The impact caused the SUV to slide about 40 feet and hit an Infiniti, Florence said.

The severely damaged SUV and the overturned ambulance resting on its side in the intersection was an odd sight for passers-by.

“That’s a first,” said Steve Bretzman of Chino, a maintenance worker. “I usually wouldn’t stop.”

Wiltshire had no information on the cause of the crash or who was at fault.

In addition to the woman who was seven months pregnant, the SUV carried her husband and a 9-month-old child, neither of whom were hurt, Florence said.

A message left with an American Medical Response spokesman Wednesday was not returned. complaining of pain but with no apparent injuries

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