Paramedic seriously injured after alleged drunk driver hits ambulance

Paramedic seriously injured after alleged drunk driver hits ambulance
It happened at the intersection of Vineyard and Punchbowl. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A paramedic was seriously injured early Sunday when an alleged drunk driver plowed into an ambulance in Honolulu.

The incident happened about 2 a.m. Sunday, when the ambulance was headed to a hospital with a patient and two paramedics on board.

The ambulance had its lights and sirens on when it was hit near the intersection of Vineyard and Punchbowl. Officials said the paramedic behind the wheel and patient weren’t injured.

However, the paramedic in the back did suffer serious injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery.

The injured paramedic has been with the department for 17 years.

“We are very thankful that there was no loss of life. Our personnel, like all first responders, risk their lives everyday to provide the highest level of pre-hospital care to the residents and visitors here in Honolulu,” EMS Chief Dean Nakano said, in a statement.

The ambulance sustained enough damage for it to be taken out of service. A backup ambulance was put into service in its place.

This story may be updated.

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