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Road conditions a factor in ambulance, dump truck crash: Police

Police say the dump truck driver tried to move over for the southbound ambulance when it crossed the centre line, spun around and struck the back of the ambulance
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The scene of a collision between a dump truck and an ambulance on November 18, 2019. Paul Novosad for BradfordToday

South Simcoe Police Service officers are investigating a collision involving a County of Simcoe Paramedics ambulance and a dump truck in Bradford.

On Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 around 8:30 a.m., a northbound dump truck lost control on Yonge Street at Line 9 when the driver tried to move over for a southbound ambulance with lights activated. The dump truck crossed the centre line, spun around and struck the back of the ambulance sending the emergency vehicle off the road.  

There was considerable damage to both vehicles, but fortunately the two paramedics in the ambulance and the truck driver were not injured. Traffic was disrupted for over two hours while the large vehicles were removed from the area. The investigation is ongoing. Road conditions are believed to have been a factor in the collision.

This was one of about a dozen, weather-related collisions we responded to this morning. We would like to remind you of some of the key elements to safe winter driving:
    •    Slow down
    •    Winter tires. They can provide greater traction
    •    No sudden braking or accelerating
    •    Don't tailgate. Leave greater stopping distance
    •    Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other drivers
    •    Stay alert