FHP: Man who ‘exited’ moving ambulance run over, dies; paramedic falls out

Published: Aug. 16, 2023 at 5:05 PM EDT
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A 70-year-old man is dead after he exited a moving ambulance, fell onto Interstate 95 and was run over by multiple vehicles, and a paramedic was critically injured while trying to save him, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The chaotic occurrence of events took place just before 9 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-95 near Midway Road in Port St. Lucie.

A 70-year-old Jacksonville man was a patient when he "exited the rear of the ambulance and fell onto the roadway," where he was "struck by multiple vehicles," Lt. Indiana Miranda said in a news release. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Midway Road exit on Interstate 95 in Port St. Lucie
Midway Road exit on Interstate 95 in Port St. Lucie

A 29-year-old paramedic who tried to stop the man from exiting the ambulance "also fell onto the roadway," Miranda said.

The paramedic was taken to HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

"To hear something like that happening, it was very startling to me," Port St. Lucie resident Dawn Freeman said.

Troopers continue to investigate.

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