Ambulance responding to call crashes into home; 2 crew members hurt

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An ambulance headed to a call in Somerset County left the roadway and crashed into an unoccupied home, injuring two crew members.

The crash happened just before 5 a.m. Friday on Hamilton Street in Franklin Township. The two crew members were the only people in the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ambulance when it crossed the center line and struck a parked car before hitting the corner of the house, authorities said.

A neighbor tells News 12 New Jersey that she was woken up by the loud crash.

“I was sleeping in my room…I hear this big boom and I heard somebody yelling,” says Monabell Barralaga. “That’s when I picked up my window and noticed the damage to my dad’s car. I didn’t see anything, so that’s when I started looking and noticed the ambulance lights were on and the ambulance was in the house.”

Both crew members were being treated at a hospital for undisclosed injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The crew members’ names and details on the call they were responding to were not disclosed.

The crash remains under investigation. But officials say that the home has been deemed uninhabitable.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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