Ambulance crashes into Austin home


by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 21 at 6:21 PM

AUSTIN -- An ambulance crash into a home has Travis County EMS officials re-examining safety.

Firefighters and EMS responded to the 2500 block of Beverly Hills Drive around 1 a.m. June 20.

Travis County EMS workers parked their ambulance on a steep incline. Paramedics tell KVUE the ambulance rolled and crashed into a family's detached garage. No one was hurt.

"There's a single mom with three little kids there. Thankfully, they weren't hurt," said neighbor Catherine Steffano.

Now EMS officials are trying to figure out what went wrong.

"We're continuing to look at the ambulance right now. It's still being investigated. All indications right now show the brake was set because the brake did not move when they exited the vehicle. They did put the wheel chock under there. We're looking at all those things," said Travis County EMS Assistant Director James Shamard, EMT-P.

Shamard says the street is a steep incline -- 27 degrees. It's not the first time emergency workers have had trouble on that street.

AFD spokesperson Parmer Buck says both EMS and the fire department use chocks to secure their heavy vehicles on inclines.

"That particular street we had a fire on. We actually had to leave the driver of that firetruck inside the cab of the truck with his foot on the brake so the truck didn't roll," said Buck.

The City will repair the damage and officials hope to complete their investigation in a couple of weeks.