4-vehicle wreck on I-45 sends four to hospital
A four-vehicle wreck involving a Houston Fire Department ambulance left four people — including two paramedics — in the hospital early Thursday, according to police.
The chaos started after a two-car crash blocked off part of Interstate 45 just before 4:30 a.m. at the Scarsdale exit ramp near the Beltway, according to Houston police. A suspect fled on foot, but it’s not clear what caused the wreck.
Barely 10 minutes later, a silver Toyota Corolla slammed into an HFD ambulance responding to the first crash, pushing the paramedics’ vehicle into the two disabled cars.
Crews yanked the Corolla driver from his mangled car and LifeFlighted him to Memorial Hermann with life-threatening injuries, according to HPD.
Two paramedics and one of the drivers in the first wreck were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
The crashes sparked delays on multiple Metro bus routes and shuttered the southbound Gulf Freeway, diverting traffic at the Fuqua exit.
A tow truck removes a car involved in a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 45 South between San Houston Tollway and the Scarsdale Boulevard exit Thursday. Two HFD paramedics were injured in the accident.