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Published on April 13, 2024
Driver Killed in Collision with Stationary Ambulance on I-45 in HoustonSource: Unsplash/ Mathurin NAPOLY / matnapo

Tragedy struck early Saturday on Interstate 45 when one person was killed after slamming their vehicle into a stationary ambulance. The Houston Fire Department ambulance was at the scene of a prior collision near the Airtex exit, blocking traffic as they responded to the emergency. Click2Houston reported that the life-saving vehicle was hit from behind, leading to the driver's death.

Details about the incident indicate that the ambulance was parked in southbound lanes when it was rear-ended. Sergeant Sudduth of the Houston Police Department informed ABC13 about the sequence of events, saying "As personnel was checking out the victims of the first crash, another car came from behind and rear-ended the ambulance. Police said the male driver was the only occupant in the vehicle." The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

No Houston Fire Department staff were injured during the second collision, easing an additional layer of potential tragedy from the occurrence. The identity of the deceased has not been released pending notification of next of kin. The highway was closed off to traffic as the investigation unfolded, causing delays for morning commuters.

While the specifics of how the crash occurred continue to be under investigation. ABC13's coverage highlighted that the crash happened as the ambulance was parked.