Beatrice Fire and Rescue is without its newest ambulance after it was involved in a crash in Lincoln last week.
The 2016 model year ambulance was transporting a code three patient, meaning lights and sirens were activated on the ambulance, when it collided with a minivan at the intersection of 40th Street and Pine Lake Road in Lincoln on Friday.
The ambulance was transporting a patient to Bryan Medical Center East Campus just before 3 p.m. when the crash occurred, according to Beatrice Fire and Rescue Chief Brian Daake.
The ambulance was traveling northbound on 40th Street as it went through the intersection before colliding with the minivan.
Daake said both vehicles sustained damage, and the ambulance is out of service until it’s repaired.
He said the department is fortunate that it was the “truck” part of the ambulance that sustained damage rather than the box where patients are housed, which would have added time to the repair.
Most of all, Daake said it’s fortunate that nobody was hurt in the crash.
“I’m just thankful that with modern technology, at least in this case, nobody was injured,” he said. “It always makes you happy when that happens.”
Lincoln Fire and Rescue Medic 7 finished transporting the patient to Bryan East.