• Lake County ambulance driver cited for running red light, crashing into police cruiser


    LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - Video obtained by Channel 9 Eyewitness News shows a Lake County ambulance smashing into a Clermont police cruiser.
    The accident happened at the intersection of Citrus Tower and North Ridge boulevards.
    Florida Highway Patrol troopers said paramedic John Steadman caused the crash when he ran the red light.
    Troopers said there was no emergency when the driver ran through the red light.
    "We were transporting a patient at the time," said Jerry Smith of Lake County Emergency Services. "It's very fortunate that no one was seriously hurt."
    Smith said it was disappointing to hear about the crash.
    "I was concerned for my staff and the person in the other vehicle, and when once I learned we were transporting a patient, for them as well," said Smith
    Smith said Steadman is fairly new to the department.
    "He's been with us for about six months. He had a clean record when we hired him and he has not had any other issues since he's been with us," said Smith.
    Each Lake County ambulance is equipped with cameras that monitor the driver and the road "to check for safety, because every once and a while there is a collision such as this," said Smith.
    There were no serious injuries in the accident.
    Steadman was cited for running the light and troopers said he was speeding at the time of the crash.
    Steadman has been suspended from his job.

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