The accident on Route 151 two weeks ago in which a car struck an ambulance bound for Falmouth Hospital head-on leaves us wondering.
First is how a driver can pull into the middle of the road while on either side of him cars are pulled over to the side. It clearly did not register to the young Hyannis man that something was out of place. He was not charged with driving under the influence, yet he apparently did not notice that all other drivers on the road had pulled over and didn’t pause to wonder why.
Until it was too late. He struck a Mashpee ambulance in a glancing head-on crash that sent the ambulance careening into a car with four occupants. Route 151 is a fast road; it is remarkable that no one was hurt. In fact, there were no life-threatening injuries.
And that is the other curious thing. If there were no life-threatening injuries, why was the ambulance driving down the highway with siren and lights on? If a car crash wasn’t enough to make the ambulance’s patient a serious case, it couldn’t have been a serious case to begin with.
Ambulance drivers have strict protocols to follow regarding speed and emergency signals. Perhaps those should be revisited.