By Berit Ollestad
A patient in Morristown got more excitement than he bargained for Monday afternoon when the ambulance transporting him hopped a curb and headed over an embankment.
Luckily, a tree prevented a more serious accident, said Morristown Firefighter Dominic Prizzi, who witnessed the incident unfold as he was driving from a medical office parking lot at 95 Madison Ave.
“The outcome could have been much worse had a tree not have been in the direct path and stopped the ambulance from careening over a six-foot retaining wall and landing on parked cars directly below,” said Prizzi, who secured the scene until fellow firemen arrived.
Linda Moore, a newly hired driver for Gem Ambulance, said she had been taking a patient from Morristown Medical Center, across the street, to the office park.
She was pulling into a handicapped space with the patient, a wheelchair-bound man in his mid-60s. The next thing she knew, the ambulance was over the curb:
“I couldn’t have driven it as quickly as it jumped the curb on me! I’m really not quite sure what happened. I’ve been driving for many years and I’ve never been in an accident. I’m not going to speculate since it could possibly be a mechanical issue,” Moore said.
Although the driver and patient looked a little shaken up, neither appeared to be injured. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to hoist the patient from the ambulance and complete his journey.
Morristown police are investigating the accident.