4-ve­hi­cle wreck on I-45 sends four to hos­pi­tal

Houston Chronicle - - CITY | STATE -

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.

God­ofredo A. Vasquez / Hous­ton Chron­i­cle

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.

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