Driver, patient killed when ambulance crashes on Long Island parkway

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LAKEVIEW, N.Y. — An ambulance driver and a patient were killed Wednesday when the emergency vehicle they were traveling in struck an overpass on the Southern State Parkway and careened off the highway, state police said.

The crash happened about noon along the Southern State Parkway near Exit 18 in Lakeview. The eastbound ambulance, which did not have its lights or sirens on, slammed into the Eagle Avenue overpass.

New York State police said the driver and a patient being transported in the private ambulance died in the crash. An EMT was taken to a hospital with a broken leg and a concussion, they said.

Their names have not been released yet.

Photos from the scene show the front of the ambulance mangled and crushed, with the ambulance perched on the grass next to the highway.

State police said though the investigation is in its early stages and is ongoing, there appears to be no criminality involved with the single-vehicle wreck.

Eastbound lanes of the parkway near Exit 18 were closed for hours while investigators combed the scene but were opened at 4 p.m.

The ambulance company, Hunter Ambulance, told PIX11 News they have no comment about the fatal crash.

The Associated Press and PIX11 News' Rick Boone contributed to this report.

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