LOHMAR Seven people were injured in an accident in Lohmar late Thursday evening when an ambulance on its way to an emergency collided with a car. The Donrather Triangle was closed for hours.
Seven people were injured in an accident in Lohmar late on Thursday evening when an ambulance on its way to an emergency collided with a car. The Donrather Triangle was closed for hours.
On the way to an emergency on Thursday evening an ambulance collided with a car at the Donrather Dreieck intersection. Seven people were injured, three of them seriously. According to police, the ambulance which has special traffic rights left Neunkirchen for Rösrath at about 11.15 pm. Coming from the A3, a VW with two people on board drove straight ahead towards Lohmar-Donrath at the same time. At the intersection, both vehicles collided and the VW was thrown against two cars waiting at the traffic lights.
The ambulance hurled against a traffic light mast and, according to police reports, came to a standstill on a live electricity mast. The driver of the ambulance was seriously injured, as were the driver and passenger in the VW. The co-driver of the ambulance was slightly injured, as was a trainee in the rear of the vehicle. In addition, the driver and her co-driver of one of the cars at the traffic lights were slightly injured by the impact with the VW.
The seven injured were first cared for on the spot by the rescue forces and later taken to the surrounding hospitals. A total of five ambulances, two emergency doctors and the medical director of the rescue service were on duty. The Lohmar fire brigade deployed around 60 emergency service personnel.
For the duration of the accident recording and the recovery of the vehicles, the intersection at the Donrather Dreieck was completely closed. The closure lasted into the morning. Due to the damaged traffic lights, however, there are still closures and obstructions in the area of the intersection in the morning. The traffic accident team of the Cologne police supported colleagues on site during the accident recording. It remains also be clarified whether the ambulance had switched on the Martinshorn. It is also unclear whether the traffic light for the ambulance vehicle showed a green or red light.
(Original text: Christof Schmoll, Sebastian Fink; Translation: Mareike Graepel)