19-year-old driving ambulance ticketed after crash

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the Alachua County Fire Rescue ambulance veered off the highway and slammed into the back of a semi-tractor-trailer


Austin L. Miller
Ocala Star-Banner, Fla.

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. — An ambulance driver was ticketed by the Florida Highway Patrol after a two-vehicle crash late Monday on Interstate 75 in Marion County.

Troopers said the Alachua County Fire Rescue ambulance was northbound in the outside lane of I-75 near mile marker 354, which is near U.S. 27 in Ocala.

A semitractor-trailer was parked in the emergency lane in the area. Troopers said the ambulance veered off the highway and slammed into the back of the truck about 11:55 p.m.

The ambulance rotated, left the roadway and traveled onto the right shoulder, where it turned onto its side, according to the FHP.

No one was injured in the crash, troopers said. The 19-year-old driver of the ambulance was given a ticket for failure to maintain lane.

Also in the ambulance were two men, ages 29 and 66. The FHP press release did not indicate if either was a patient.

The truck driver is a 63-year-old man.

The FHP releases no longer list the names of people involved in crashes. They only list the age, gender and hometown.

Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, austin.miller@starbanner.com or @almillerosb

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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