KSDK - It could be months before the Pattonville Fire Protection District is back at full force. A pick-up truck with three people inside slammed into one of their units late Saturday night in Bridgeton. Battalion Chief Jim Usry says the ambulance is out of service until they can get it repaired. They won't know the extent of the damage until they can get underneath.
The unit is a bit bigger and more expensive than standard ambulances. Chief Usry says it is situations like these that prove the extra cost is well worth it. "It demonstrates that we've increased the safety component to our personnel. Obviously they were on the shoulder of the road parked, and they were struck, but no impact to the interior for the driver and the passenger of this apparatus," says Ursy.
The three people inside the truck were transported to a hospital where they were treated and released.
Until Pattonville Fire can get the damaged ambulance inspected and fixed, it will rely on neighboring departments if extra help is needed in an emergency.