5 injured when ambulance collides with cars

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SAN DIEGO -- Five people, including two paramedics, were injured Thursday afternoon in a three-vehicle pileup involving an ambulance on a Kearny Mesa street.

The accident in the 4200 block of Kearny Villa Road occurred about 2:10 p.m., when the 21-year-old driver of a northbound 2008 Infiniti G35S lost control of his car for unknown reasons, according to San Diego police.

The sedan veered onto the southbound side of the street, where it collided head-on with the oncoming American Medical Response vehicle, Officer Robert Heims said. The ambulance was then hit by a 2009 Hyundai Azera that had been traveling directly behind it.

Two occupants of the Infiniti sedan, including a 20-year-old male passenger, and a pair of emergency personnel in the ambulance wound up trapped in their crumpled vehicles, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Firefighters freed the victims and took them to Sharp Memorial Hospital along with the driver of the Hyundai, a 57-year-old man, for treatment of various injuries, including broken bones and other internal injuries.

The trauma suffered by the passenger in the Infiniti was considered life threatening, according to police. The other patients were admitted to the medical center in stable condition.

The cause of the accident, which left the street closed between Aero Drive and Balboa Avenue into the late afternoon, was under investigation.

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