Ambulance crashes on way to accident; 1 killed

GREENFIELD — A woman was killed in a car crash Wednesday afternoon after she pulled out in front of an ambulance headed to the scene of another wreck.

A Buck Creek Township Fire Department ambulance was en route to an unrelated crash near the intersection of county roads 400W and 1000N when the accident occurred around 4:30 p.m.

The ambulance was northbound on County Road 600W when the driver of a red sport-utility vehicle, who was westbound on County Road 500N, pulled out in front of the emergency vehicle, police said.

The ambulance struck the driver’s side, then careened off the west side of the road, landing in a cornfield. The SUV came to rest on the east side of the road, facing south.

Emergency crews were traveling with their lights on and sirens activated. Indiana law requires motorists to yield the right-of-way to first-responders.

A third vehicle was involved in a secondary crash after the initial collision; the driver of that vehicle, a pickup truck, was uninjured. The two medics who were in the ambulance were treated for minor injuries.

The driver of the SUV was taken to Hancock Regional Hospital and later pronounced dead.

The accident closed the intersection of county roads 600W and 500N as investigators worked to piece together what happened.

The victim’s identity had not been released at press time as investigators worked to notify her family.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or