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Updated: No Injuries After Ambulance, SUV Collide

"It was just like a movie!" says a child who was in one of the three cars involved in the collision.

Nobody appeared to be injured in a three-car collision that began when an ambulance headed northbound on Crenshaw Boulevard clipped a car going west on Palos Verdes Drive North on Monday evening in Rolling Hills Estates, according to witnesses.

The collision, which resulted in the closure of the left-turn lane, directly involved three cars, though a pole fell on a fourth vehicle.

Anthony Guzman told Patch that he was traveling westbound on Palos Verdes Drive North with a green light at about 5:45 p.m. when the ambulance, with lights and sirens on, heading northbound on Crenshaw Boulevard entered the intersection. He swerved, and the ambulance clipped him.

"Me swerving is what made me flip so hard," he speculated. His car flipped, hitting the pole holding the left-turn signal and a minivan with a family inside, and landed on its four tires facing the minivan. The pole fell onto a Honda Pilot waiting in the turn lane to go east on Palos Verdes Drive North.

"That pole was a lifesaver," said a passenger in the Honda Pilot.

According to a county fire department dispatcher, Guzman had to be extricated from his vehicle.

Guzman said that after the ambulance clipped his car, it kept going north on Crenshaw Boulevard; however, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the ambulance stopped to give its information before continuing.

City News Service reported that the private ambulance sustained minor damage.

"I'm just so glad that everyone's OK," Guzman said.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

mia November 16, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Wow- so scary thank God every1 is ok. That area often doesn't drfive w/sirens &jut use them as going through intersection but often that's too late as in this intance. As an ambulance driver they r also supposed 2slow down through intersections (espec if their light was red). Neither the ambulance or mr guzman saw eachother til it was too late cuz if either had known they would have done all they could to avoid it &not hit eachother. Just sooo gr8ful no serious injuries.
mia November 16, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Sorry for all the typos. Uugghh this phone doesn't work w/big fingers&such small print
Tony Czuleger November 18, 2012 at 03:36 PM
It will be found the man was passing on the right, which their is a lane for this, but it is not for a fast track passing lane. Ah he was texting that’s it. Let the facts be gathered first then pass judgment. By the way, why should a hospital admit any wrong doing the ambulance is a contract carrier and not owned or operated by a hospital. Bottom line slow down and be aware while one is driving! Driving is not a right, it’s a privilege.
Sam Demers April 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM
I heard the same about Guzman! He got his drivers license taken away for a few years, because he has a wreck less driving record! Katrina do your search on your lame boyfriend! Hahaha
Nicole Mooradian April 22, 2013 at 05:01 PM
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