EMTs injured as car sideswipes Cutchogue ambulance on route to hospital

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | The side of the ambulance showing the scrapes caused when it was sideswiped during a collision in Cutchogue Monday afternoon.
Two Cutchogue Fire Department EMTs caring for an elderly woman in an ambulance on route to Eastern Long Island Hospital were injured Monday afternoon when a car sideswiped the ambulance on Route 25 in Cutchogue Monday afternoon, said Cutchogue Fire Chief Tony Berkoski.

The woman was uninjured, but the two EMTs continued the trip to the hospital as accident victims. Both emergency responders were banged up, but did not appear to be seriously injured, the chief said.

Police said the accident occurred when Michael Kar, 21, of Cutchogue, who was westbound on Route 25, stopped short and swerved to avoid a vehicle and made contact with the ambulance. No charges have been filed.

The patient, who had been ill and was suffering from dehydration, and the EMTs were transferred to another ambulance shortly after the collision.

No additional information was immediately available.