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5 Injured When Ambulance Tips Over In Lyndhurst, N.J. Crash

LYNDHURST, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Five people were injured Monday afternoon, in a wild crash in Lyndhurst, New Jersey with a force so powerful that it left an ambulance toppled over on a parked car.

As CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, cellphone video showed the ambulance flipped over onto its side, crushing the gray car underneath it. Firefighters and paramedics were seen tending frantically to the five injured people.

The accident happened around 1 p.m., authorities said. Witnesses said at the time, no patients were inside the ambulance because was rushing to the scene of another accident down the way on Second Avenue in Lyndhurst, when it was hit.

“There was an accident at one end of the block. The ambulance was coming down this way to go to the accident scene, and got hit in the rear, spun around and ended up on the roof of the car over there,” said witness George Walter.

Police said two EMTs were traveling on Second Avenue when they were broadsided by a vehicle traveling on Ridge Road. A third vehicle waiting at a traffic light was also hit.

The five injured people included two EMTs in the Town of Lyndhurst ambulance, as well as the 25-year-old driver of the second car, and a 60-year-old and a 90-year-old waiting at the light.

Residents said the stretch through the township where the crash happened is notorious for accidents.

“There’s always accidents down here,” Walter said. “It’s kind of bad.”

All the injured patients were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center. Their conditions were not specified, but officials said they suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The owner of the car onto which the ambulance landed was in one of the nearby stores along Ridge Road, officials said.

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