Avoid a Collision: Lights & Sirens

Newschannel 6 told you about an accident Monday afternoon involving an ambulance that flipped to its side after a car ran straight into it. Five people were taken to the hospital and the patient inside the Archer City ambulance was found dead at the scene.

We do know the lights and sirens from the Archer City ambulance were on, yet for some reason the driver did not stop.

We spoke with an emergency official to learn more on what you can do as a driver to make sure you avoid a costly collision.

Charles Grady, general manager with our local AMR services says the agency receives about 35 calls a day that require their vehicles to travel in and out of traffic. So when the lights are on, and sirens blare, he expects drivers to take notice.

"They should be pulling over to the right and stopping and letting the emergency vehicles pull by," said Grady.

With texting, talking on the phone, and radios turned high; it's distractions like that, that cause accidents.

"While people are driving sometimes their attention is not totally upon their driving," said Grady. "While their attention is not on their driving it's extremely dangerous."

To ensure AMR drivers are also "safe" drivers their speed and location is under supervision.

"A device allows us to know how fast our crews are going. How fast they take corners when they're coming to a stop. Where they're stopping at. So we're able to look online and on a computer to see how fast our crews our driving."

EMS officials also go through a defensive driving course that prepares them for real-life scenarios. Drivers are not allowed to drive more than 10 miles over the speed limit.

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.