Fire Chief Among Those Injured in Ill. Ambulance Crash

Nov. 06--MAZON, Ill. -- Four people were transported to Morris Hospital Monday morning after a Gardner Fire District ambulance rear-ended a semi in Mazon.

According to Grundy County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Kevin Callahan, at about 7:30 a.m., the sheriff's department received a report of an accident involving a semi and a Gardner ambulance in the northbound lane of Illinois 47, near the railroad crossing.

Callahan said that, at the time of the crash, a train was at the crossing and the gate arms were down, with lights flashing, and there was a heavy fog that limited visibility.

He said witnesses reported seeing a passenger vehicle having to stop abruptly to avoid striking another vehicle stopped at the crossing, then a semi behind the vehicle do the same. He said the ambulance, which was behind the semi, was unable to stop in time to avoid the crash.

He said four people were transported to Morris Hospital, including a patient who was in the ambulance at the time of the crash. He did not release the names nor conditions of the injured people, citing the pending crash report.

Richard Porter, an attorney representing Gardner Fire District Chief Terry Jensen, confirmed Jensen was driving the ambulance at the time of the crash.

Porter said ambulance service within Gardner will be uninterrupted, with one ambulance in service in the community.

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