News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 12/22/2008
Subject :

Ambulance Accident Sends Four People to the Hospital
Contact : Detective Brian Philip, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA - On December 22, 2008, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Palo Alto Communications received multiple 911 calls concerning a single vehicle accident on University Avenue. The accident involved a Bay Medic ambulance. The ambulance was providing a private transport for one patient from Concord to a medical facility in Palo Alto. 

According to witnesses, the ambulance was traveling westbound on University Avenue when it left the roadway, struck a tree and rolled over on its side. The accident occurred just east of the intersection with Chaucer Street.  The 56 year old female patient suffered major injuries and was transported to Stanford Medical Center. Her current condition is unknown. Three ambulance personnel were also transported to Stanford with minor injuries. 

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation. Traffic was detoured for a short time while officers collected measurements and took photographs. The street was re-opened at approximately 2:15 p.m.