3 hurt in Lakewood Ranch ambulance crash

LAKEWOOD RANCH - A Manatee County EMS crew responding to an emergency call this morning was struck by a pick-up truck causing injuries to everyone involved, according to the county public safety department.

The accident took place at the intersection of Lorraine Road and State Road 70 at 10:42 a.m. . The impact was so severe, one of the medics and the driver of the truck had to be flown by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. The other medic, who was the driver of the ambulance was ground transported to Lakewood Ranch Hospital for his injuries, according to a news release.

The extent of the injuries to the medics and the driver of the pick-up are not known at this time. According to a witness, and a preliminary investigation by FHP, the driver of the pick-up failed to yield to the emergency vehicle that was using lights and sirens while responding to another emergency.

Both vehicles appear to be totaled as a result of the impact. All Manatee County.