Speeding SUV slams into ambulance at Portland MAX station, killing 1

01/20/2011 // Greensboro, NC, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Portland, OR—An ambulance that was stopped and administering aid was struck by a speeding SUV, killing the driver of the SUV and injuring two paramedics. The automobile accident occurred around 2:20 a.m., at the MAX station located at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Burnside, as reported by OregonLive.com.

According to Portland police officials, a northbound KIA SUV slammed into the back of an ambulance that was pulled over at the MAX station, while giving medical attention to a man.

The impact of the collision was so intense that it pushed the ambulance 15 feet, and lifted part of its front end onto the MAX platform. The collision also tore off what looked like an open rear door.

The KIA slammed into a tree, before driving over a sidewalk and coming to a rest in the bushes outside an apartment building.

A paramedic who was in the back of the ambulance at the time of the crash, fell out and sustained scraped and bruises. The driver of the ambulance also suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the KIA, who remains unidentified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A police sergeant who was stopped at a light and witnessed the crash said the speeding SUV appeared to traveling up to 80 mph, when it struck the rear-end of the ambulance.

A full investigation is underway. It is unknown is drugs and/or alcohol were factors.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Oregon automobile accident lawyers.

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