First Responders

2 Paramedics Injured in Portland After Driver Smashes Into Ambulance

March 9, 2021Joshua Skovlund
American Medical Response paramedics crash with apparent impaired driver

Photo courtesy of the Portland Police Bureau.

Two unidentified American Medical Response paramedics were injured after an apparently intoxicated driver smashed into their ambulance Saturday, according to a Portland Police Bureau press release. 

Just after midnight Saturday, the two medics were driving east on East Burnside Street in Portland, Oregon, when a northbound driver in a Subaru sedan smashed into their ambulance. 

The driver, identified as Lacorius M. Jenkins, 18, was found unconscious and pinned inside his vehicle when PPB officers arrived on the scene. According to the press release, Portland Fire and Rescue personnel were able to remove the driver from the vehicle, and he was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. There, he was cited for driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.

The paramedics, a driver and passenger, sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the accident despite the massive damage to their ambulance. The two injured paramedics were not on their way to a 911 call at the time of the accident and did not have lights or sirens running. They did not have a patient in the ambulance at the time of the accident. 

Coffee or Die Magazine reached out to American Medical Response for further comment on the incident but had not received a response at the time of publication.

Read Next: Paramedic Bitten Amid String of Attacks on FDNY EMS Workers 

Joshua Skovlund
Joshua Skovlund

Joshua Skovlund is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die. He has covered the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France, multinational military exercises in Germany, and civil unrest during the 2020 riots in Minneapolis. Born and raised in small-town South Dakota, he grew up playing football and soccer before serving as a forward observer in the US Army. After leaving the service, he worked as a personal trainer while earning his paramedic license. After five years as in paramedicine, he transitioned to a career in multimedia journalism. Joshua is married with two children. His creative outlets include Skovlund Photography and Concentrated Emotion.

More from Coffee or Die Magazine
US Launches Airstrikes in Syria After Drone Kills US Worker

While it’s not the first time the U.S. and Iran have traded airstrikes in Syria, the attack and the ...

March 24, 2023Associated Press
The Gift jason dunham
‘The Gift’ Explores the Life and Legacy of Medal of Honor Recipient Jason Dunham

"The Gift" tells the story of the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor after the Vietnam War. ...

March 24, 2023Mac Caltrider
uss milius
US Denies Chinese Claim It Drove Away American Destroyer

The U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet said that a statement from China's Southern Theatre Command that it had fo...

March 23, 2023Associated Press
The Speed Project: Vet Team To Run in Lawless, Invite-Only Ultramarathon

For the first time, a team of (mostly) US veterans and active-duty service members will run in The S...

March 23, 2023Jenna Biter
uranium-based ammo ammunition Ukraine UK depleted uranium
A Look At the Uranium-Based Ammo the UK Will Send to Ukraine

The British defense ministry on Monday confirmed it would provide Ukraine with armor-piercing rounds containing depleted uranium.

March 23, 2023Associated Press
Zaporizhzhia Ukraine Russia
Ukraine: Russia Hits Apartments and Dorm, Killing Civilians

“Russia is shelling the city with bestial savagery,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote in a Telegr...

March 22, 2023Associated Press
cold brew coffee soda float
The Bitter Barista's Cold Brew Coffee Soda Float

Today, we combine the best of both worlds with this indulgent recipe, smashing together our love of coffee and ice cream with a cold brew coffee soda float!

March 21, 2023Heather Lynn
abrams tanks ukraine
US Speeds Up Abrams Tank Delivery to Ukraine War Zone

The original plan was to send Ukraine 31 of the newer M1A2 Abrams, which could have taken a year or ...

March 21, 2023Associated Press
  • About Us
  • Privacy Policy
  • Careers
Contact Us
  • Request a Correction
  • Write for Us
  • General Inquiries
© 2023 Coffee or Die Magazine. All Rights Reserved