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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.


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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.

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