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    Ambulance, police car collide

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    Ambulance, police car collide

    Stockton officer remains in serious condition after morning accident

    STOCKTON - A Stockton police officer remained in serious condition at San Joaquin General Hospital late Sunday night after an ambulance collided with her patrol car early that morning.

    The officer, Kimberly Sailius, was the driver of a patrol car struck by an American Medical Response ambulance about 3:30 a.m. in the intersection of El Dorado Street and Weber Avenue, police reported.

    Police said the patrol car was headed north on El Dorado Street and approaching Weber Avenue and the ambulance was eastbound on Weber Avenue when it struck the patrol car on the driver's side.

    Who has the right of way?
    There is no regulation establishing a right-of-way in this kind of situation, Sgt. Chuck Flesher said. But there are rules governing the behavior of emergency vehicles.

    Whether any of these was broken has yet to be determined, Flesher said.

    Both vehicles were responding to emergency calls with lights and sirens when they collided. The accident is under investigation by the Stockton Police Department. It was unclear Sunday which of the two vehicles was passing through a red light, said Sgt. Chuck Flesher.

    Officer Emiliano Rincon, the passenger in the patrol car with Sailius, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from San Joaquin General Hospital. Both ambulance occupants also suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from Lodi Memorial Hospital.

    Sailius has been on the force for approximately 16 months. She and Rincon were responding to a report of a person shot when the two vehicles collided in the intersection. The ambulance was headed to an emergency medical call.

    Teri Griffin, communications supervisor for AMR's LifeCom dispatch center in Salida, said she did not have enough information to comment on the accident.


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    Details murky in 911 crash

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    Details murky in 911 crash

    Injured Stockton officer airlifted to Stanford center

    STOCKTON - A police officer injured in a collision with an ambulance early Sunday remains hospitalized in serious condition as investigators determine which vehicle ran a red light while responding to separate emergencies.

    Officer Kimberly Sailius, 36, was airlifted to the Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto on Monday with multiple broken bones and severe head and facial trauma, said Officer Pete Smith, a spokesman for the Stockton Police Department.

    Sailius drove the cruiser that was broadsided by an American Medical Response ambulance at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday after both vehicles, lights on and sirens blaring, entered an intersection nearly simultaneously.

    Sailius, who joined the department last year, is expected to recover from her injuries, Smith said, but it won't be an easy process.

    "She's got a long road - a lot of surgeries, a lot of recovery," he said. "But she's going to recover. She's tough."

    Few details surrounding the accident have been made available, including how fast the vehicles were traveling. Stockton police and AMR are conducting investigations to determine which of the two vehicles ran a red light at the intersection, according to Smith and Jason Sorrick, a spokesman for the ambulance firm.

    During a Code 3 response, in which lights and sirens are used, emergency vehicles can exceed the posted speed limit and drive through a red light when there is no oncoming traffic, according to state law. But vehicles at a red light must first slow down and make sure the coast is clear, Smith said.

    "You can't blow a red light just because you have sirens and lights on," he said.

    Here's how police described the accident: Sailius and Officer Emiliano Rincon were northbound on El Dorado Street at around 3:30 a.m., responding to reports of a shooting.

    The American Medical Response ambulance was eastbound on Weber Avenue responding to a separate call for a 5-month-old infant that had lost consciousness.

    The ambulance struck the cruiser on the driver's side. Rincon, 26, was treated for a concussion at San Joaquin General Hospital and is expected to return to duty next week. The paramedic and emergency medical technician in the ambulance were treated and released from Lodi Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Their names have not been released.

    The ambulance carried no patients at the time of the accident, Sorrick said.

    The shooting call was handled by the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office because it was in an unincorporated area, Smith said. Another ambulance was dispatched for the other call, and the infant was taken to St. Joseph's Medical Center for nonemergency treatment, said Dan Burch, the county's Emergency Medical Services director.

    Sailius is not married but has family in the Stockton area, Smith said. Her family could not be reached for comment Monday.

    Collisions between emergency vehicles are rare, observers said. Since taking over the county's 911 ambulance service in May 2006, three ambulances have been involved in accidents, although this is the first involving another emergency vehicle, Burch said.

    It's not clear how many accidents Stockton's police cruisers have had in recent years.


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    I've never seen or heard of this before. Certainly a rare occurrence. I hope everyone pulls through.


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    thoughts and prayers enroute to all involved
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    Best wishes to all involved.

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    I would imagine there were two sirens going at once, and they drowned eachother out. Making each operator unable to hear the other siren.
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    Best wishes to those injuried.

    I have seen a case where two fire engines on the way to the same job collided coming from different stations.

    As was said in the news reports looks like a bit of red mist from at least one of the drivers.

 

 

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