Ambulance crashes in Flatlands

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A Flatlands appliance store owner rescued two emergency medical technicians and a patient from a private ambulance that flipped upside down in a dramatic accident Thursday morning.

“There was a blue car flying at my store and the ambulance was upside down,” said Andrew Rothman, who is one of the owners of Caps Appliance Parts on Utica Avenue.

The Richmond County Ambulance vehicle smashed into several parked cars, launching them onto the sidewalk, before flipping over on Utica Avenue near Avenue M at around 9:00 am on Aug. 14.

Rothman said he and an employee from a nearby auto shop grabbed the driver from the ambulance. After they pulled the driver out, he told them there was a patient in the back with a technician.

“The patient was hanging from the straps,” said Rothman.

Rothman said he didn’t see what caused the accident but the driver told Rothman a van cut him off, which caused the massive collision Rothman witnessed.

“He went across three lanes of traffic and hit four cars,” he said.

A FDNY spokesman said three individuals were transported to Kings County Hospital Center in stable condition.

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow her
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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