Belleville police investigating ambulance collision that sent two paramedics to hospital

Belleville Police Service – Photo by Hollie Pratt-Campbell/Hometownist

Belleville police were recently alerted to a collision involving an ambulance via Apple Watch Crash Detection. The incident took place on Wednesday, March 20 just after 3:40 p.m. on Shannon Road west of Scuttlehole Road in Thurlow Township.

Apple Watch Crash Detection is designed to detect severe car crashes — such as front-impact, side-impact, and rear-end collisions, and rollovers. If an iPhone or Apple Watch detects a severe car crash, the device can help the victim connect to emergency services.

In a media release, the Belleville Police Service says that upon arrival, officers found a single motor vehicle collision involving a Hastings-Quinte EMS ambulance. The ambulance was not carrying any patients at the time of the collision. Two paramedics from HQEMS sustained minor injuries and were transported to Belleville General Hospital for treatment.

Following the collision, Shannon Road was closed to traffic for approximately four hours to facilitate police investigation and the cleanup of the scene. The Traffic Safety Unit is presently conducting an ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision.

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