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Ambulance struck by hit-and-run driver; two paramedics injured

March 27, 2011 | 12:36 pm

Two Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics transporting a patient were injured late Saturday when their ambulance was broadsided by a hit-and-run driver in Watts, authorities said.

The ambulance was traveling south on Wilmington Avenue about 11 p.m. when it was struck by a vehicle headed west on Santa Ana Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Cy Feliciano said. The driver of the non-emergency vehicle fled on foot.

One of the paramedics was knocked unconscious while the other suffered an injury to his right shoulder, Feliciano said.

Both were transported to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center where they were treated and released, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

The patient in the ambulance did not appear to be affected by the collision and was transported in another ambulance, Humphrey said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call South Traffic Division detectives at (323) 290-6063.

-- Corina Knoll