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No serious injuries reported after vehicle crashes into ambulance in Tampa

Posted at 11:10 AM, Feb 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-16 23:26:22-05

TAMPA, Fla. — No serious injuries were reported after an ambulance was hit by a vehicle on Sunday.

Police said a TransCare ambulance was on E MLK Blvd. and entered the intersection when a 2016 Ford Fusion ran the red light. The Fusion struck the ambulance, causing it to roll over on its side.

The driver of that Ford Fusion, Eddie Bennett, denies running a red light. He said his light was green and that the ambulance did not have lights or sirens on to alert him that it was approaching.

Tampa Police confirmed the ambulance did not have lights or sirens on but said a witness saw Bennett's light on red.

Bennett said otherwise and that he plans to fight the citation. He is asking police to pull dash cam footage and any traffic light cameras in the area.

“I just want to be clear. I’ll spend the money on getting my car painted, but at the same time, somebody might have seen my face out here, then what? I don’t want to be judged for nothing I ain’t done,” said Bennett.

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The TransCare ambulance had a patient on board, along with a family member and two EMTs.

There were no serious injuries to the occupants of the ambulance.

The Ford Fusion had two people inside and they both denied injuries. The driver was cited for running a red light.

Westbound MLK Blvd. was closed during the intersection, however, it has been reopened.