KINGSBURY — A sport-utility vehicle and a Fort Ann EMS ambulance were involved in a crash at the intersection of Dix Avenue and Vaughn Road early Wednesday afternoon, injuring four people.
The Chevrolet SUV was being operated by Kassandra Martinez, 25. An adult male passenger was also in the vehicle. Kingsbury and South Queensbury firefighters needed an extensive extrication effort to remove them from the vehicle. Martinez was taken to Albany Medical Center via helicopter for treatment and is in stable condition, according to police.
Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy said the Sheriff’s Office was performing an accident reconstruction to determine what happened.
The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. The SUV was headed south on Vaughn when it passed in front of the westbound ambulance, and was hit in the driver’s side. The SUV hit a utility pole before coming to a rest back on its wheels near the pole.
A passenger in the SUV was able to escape with no injuries, telling a reporter moments later that he did not know which vehicle had the right of way at the intersection, where there is a traffic light. He was unhurt after climbing out of the vehicle.
The Fort Ann ambulance sustained heavy damage to its front end and was transporting a patient at the time, but it was not clear whether it had emergency lights and/or siren on. The patient was transferred to another ambulance on scene. Three EMS members were on board the ambulance, and were treated at Glens Falls Hospital for minor injuries and released.
Dix Avenue was closed at Vaughn Road for several hours and traffic was rerouted to Route 4 and North Street. The accident caused major traffic problems, as the closure lasted through school dismissal and resulted in backups on multiple roads in the area.
The Warren County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit was assisting with the investigation, while ambulances from Granville, Fort Edward and Argyle and the Kingsbury and South Queensbury fire departments assisted at the scene.