NOTE: There is video on social media and news sites showing the FDNY EMTs being struck. At the moment, I have made the decision not to embed the video on this site. Here is the link to the video that is being widely shared and posted. I will let you make the decision on whether you want to view it.
One emergency medical technician is dead and another is in critical condition after someone stole their ambulance and struck them with it Thursday night in the Bronx, authorities said.
The EMTs, both women working for the FDNY, suffered head trauma and were taken to Jacobi Medical Center, where one of them was pronounced dead, said Robert Ungar, spokesman for the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors Local 2507.
Officers arrested a suspect shortly after they said he stole the vehicle and struck the two EMTs at 7:08 p.m. at White Plains Road and Watson Avenue in the Soundview section, the NYPD said.
Police sources sold CBS2 the EMS workers were responding to a motor vehicle accident around 7:30 p.m. at White Plains Road and Watson Avenue in the Soundview section of the Bronx.
They were both outside the ambulance when an emotionally disturbed person who was not connected to the original crash jumped behind the wheel and tried to take off, sources said.
As CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, the ambulance apparently whipped around the corner and hit the EMS workers — a man and a woman,
Both EMS workers were taken to Jacobi Medical Center and were reported in extremely critical condition. The female worker later died, while the male worker remained hospitalized Thursday night.
An ambulance was stolen in the Bronx, and two FDNY EMTs were then run over with their own vehicle.
It happened after 7 p.m. at White Plains Road and Watson Avenue in the Soundview Section.
Police say the two EMT workers were standing outside of the ambulance when someone stole it and ran them down.
The victims were rushed to Jacobi Hospital in critical condition.