Bath, N.Y. (18 NEWS) — Two people were airlifted to hospitals after a head-on collision on State Route 54 in the town of Bath Wednesday afternoon, after an ambulance and a car collided.
Witnesses say the ambulance swerved to avoid hitting a car leaving a nearby parking lot. The ambulance crossed into the opposite lane and hit another car.
One person was airlifted to Rochester, another to Robert Packer. Their conditions are unknown.
State Route 54 was closed for hours as the scene was cleaned up.
STORY UPDATE: Two people were injured in a collision Wednesday that involved an ambulance. New York State Police in Bath said it happened in the Town of Bath on State Route 54 around 2:40 PM.
State Police said a car, not involved in the crash, slowed down to make a left turn into a driveway. That’s when a Finger Lakes Ambulance driving by 29 year-old Jami Haag of Geneva swerved into the oncoming lane colliding with a vehicle driven by 48 year-old Teresa Snyder of Bath.
The ambulance was not in a emergency operation at the time of the crash, according to State police. They said the employees were just returning from a transport.
55 year-old David Forester of Dansville, a paramedic who was a passenger on the ambulance was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital and is listed in guarded condition. Snyder was extricated from her vehicle and sent to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. She’s being treated there for a head injury and is listed in critical condition, according to State Police. The driver and a front seat passenger in the ambulance were not hurt.
State Police said Hadd was cited for unsafe speed and the investigation is ongoing.