A patient who was being transported by an ambulance died after a crash in Illinois on Thursday.
The collision occurred at around 8:42 p.m. in Peoria, at the intersection of U.S. Route 6 and Peoria Street. The ambulance, which was headed east on U.S. 6, was struck by a Chevrolet Malibu headed south on Peoria.
The ambulance, en route to Illinois Valley Community Hospital, attempted to swerve but was struck.
The patient being transported by the ambulance was eventually pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital. However, it is unclear whether the cause of death was the crash or the patient’s original medical condition that prompted him to be transported by ambulance.
He has been identified as Rodger Bara, either 72 or 74 years old.
The driver of the ambulance has been identified as Macie Claggett, 19. She was injured, along with three other paramedics. The extent of their injuries has not been revealed, but all have since been released from the hospital.
The driver of the Chevrolet Malibu has been identified as Camry Sarver, 22. He too was treated and released for undisclosed injuries.
Sarver had the green light at the time of the crash, but the ambulance had its lights and sirens activated at the time, so Sarver received a ticket for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.
The collision, and particularly the circumstances surrounding the death of Bara, remain under investigation.