Updated: No Injuries After Ambulance, SUV Collide

"It was just like a movie!" says a child who was in one of the three cars involved in the collision.

Nobody appeared to be injured in a three-car collision that began when an ambulance headed northbound on Crenshaw Boulevard clipped a car going west on Palos Verdes Drive North on Monday evening in Rolling Hills Estates, according to witnesses.

The collision, which resulted in the closure of the left-turn lane, directly involved three cars, though a pole fell on a fourth vehicle.

Anthony Guzman told Patch that he was traveling westbound on Palos Verdes Drive North with a green light at about 5:45 p.m. when the ambulance, with lights and sirens on, heading northbound on Crenshaw Boulevard entered the intersection. He swerved, and the ambulance clipped him.

"Me swerving is what made me flip so hard," he speculated. His car flipped, hitting the pole holding the left-turn signal and a minivan with a family inside, and landed on its four tires facing the minivan. The pole fell onto a Honda Pilot waiting in the turn lane to go east on Palos Verdes Drive North.

"That pole was a lifesaver," said a passenger in the Honda Pilot.

According to a county fire department dispatcher, Guzman had to be extricated from his vehicle.

Guzman said that after the ambulance clipped his car, it kept going north on Crenshaw Boulevard; however, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the ambulance stopped to give its information before continuing.

City News Service reported that the private ambulance sustained minor damage.

"I'm just so glad that everyone's OK," Guzman said.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

robin November 13, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Sirens and flashing lights mean to STOP and let emergency vehicles proceed thru.... Ambulance had the right away. Surprised no one was injured for failure to stop. Pay attention while driving Mr. Guzman.
R Flores November 13, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Mr Guzman you should be in jail ! Your stupidity and poor judgement could have cost people thier lives ,including your own!!! Did you not wonder why traffic was at a dead stop even though the light was green?!! Well I guess if you were paying attention and also not Speeding!!!! you would have realized that there were emergency vehicles coming through!! You may not value your own life but please value others!!!
Katrina November 14, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Robin - Since you weren't actually there, you wouldn't have known that the sirens were actually INAUDIBLE, a fact which every witness, even those drivers ON Crenshaw attested to. If you were driving, more than halfway through an intersection, on a green light and were unaware of a siren, you would keep going, wouldn't you? 
Oh and fun fact, IF the ambulance really did stop, it certainly did not at the intersection. It kept going. No ambulances at any of the hospitals have even take responsibility for any accident. 
Don't be so ignorant to believe everything an article tells you, because these aren't all the facts. And don't be so asinine and assume you're better than Mr. Guzman.
Katrina November 14, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Oh and R Flores - Not to mention, Mr. Guzman was NOT speeding and was following the flow of traffic so if you want to jump to conclusions and ASSUME the the traffic was a dead stop, you are sadly mistaken. It's so easy for you to pass judgement from your computer isn't it? Oh and by the way, if you're going to post on a public forum, use correct English, please.
JL ZUNIGA November 14, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Robin & R. Flores After reading your comments lacking in knowledge and full of ignorance, it is clear that you do not know the meaning of the word ACCIDENT, this is for you to learn and Pray that never happen to you or any member of your FAMILY. The word accident is derived from the Latin verb accidere, signifying "fall upon, befall, happen, chance." In its most commonly accepted meaning, or in its ordinary or popular sense, the word may be defined as meaning: some sudden and unexpected event taking place without expectation, upon the instant, rather than something that continues, progresses or develops; something happening by chance; something unforeseen, unexpected, unusual, extraordinary, or phenomenal, taking place not according to the usual course of things or events, out of the range of ordinary calculations; that which exists or occurs abnormally, or an uncommon occurrence. An event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation; an undesigned, sudden, and unexpected event.
R Flores November 14, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I was actually there in the line of cars that were at a dead stop,he sped right past all of probably at least 10 to 15 cars,so my question to you Katrina is this-what flow of traffic are you refering to because there was none at that moment! We were all stopped as we should have been! i'm sorry your so offended buts it's what actually happenned!! He made a huge mistake that could have been fatal! Take note Katrina,I'm actually a person that was there and saw everything,and I call it how I see it! and your right this is a public forum so if you don't like to hear facts,well then you have the bigger problem!
R Flores November 14, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I don't know where your getting your facts but I heard the sirens and also saw the flashing lights.
Katrina November 15, 2012 at 01:23 AM
So you were stopped because you heard the ambulance or because you were at a red light? Mr. Guzman saw the light was red, all the cars were stopped, obviously, and then the light turned green, so he went through the light at the speed limit. It was then, halfway through the intersection, that he saw the ambulance, tried to avoid it, and got clipped. As he was entering the intersection, there were also cars that took their brake lights off, getting ready to enter the intersection. If your statement is true, why did both the van, which was involved in the accident, and the sedan, that was at the line, both of which were in front of the ambulance, say that it was inaudible?
heidy November 15, 2012 at 04:31 AM
This Flores person probably doesn't even live in the Peninsula because she would know that firefighters, police or ambulances DO NOT turn their sirens on!!! I hope you are never involved in accident of that magnitude! Also, I hope you have better things to do than to sit in a computer and voice your ignorant opinion!!! I hope you have a pleasant night accompany by your bitterness!!!
R Flores November 15, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Don't you think it's a little hypocritical for you say ignorant opinion when you are doing just that! Voicing an ignorant opinion! I've been living in pv for some time now and I have seen emergency vehicle s use lights and sirens or just thier lights.when they r transporting someone. Anyhow, no one is bitter just angry that people could have got really hurt or killed because he was irresponsible ! We can all keep on going back and forth with the insults. Bottom line, you had to be there and seen what I saw! Believe me ,you'd feel differently!
R Flores November 15, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Katrina-You can tell your lies and bs explanation all you want. But for all those who are interstested to know what really hapened,here u go- Traffic in front of me was already at a stop so that the ambulance could make thier way through. I just stopped because I had no choice but to stop in back of cars.then I heard the siren and understood why we were at a stand still even though the light was green.make note-the light was never red. Also,he did not enter the intersection at a normal speed but was going rather fast.it almost looked as thoughhe was trying to beat the ambulance and avoid getting hit.But why would he be entering anyway! if he was proceeding with caution at even a normal speed ,it probably wouldnt have happened.why anyone would say they didnt hear sirens if they were actually there is beyond me.even when the ambulance hit mrguzmans car you could hear it make a wierd noise from getting damaged.if you dont want to take first account from someone who was actually there then i just don't know what to say about that. But let me be clear about one thing HE was NEVER going speed limit.
Katrina November 15, 2012 at 07:47 AM
R FLores - You and I both know that we could argue all day and night, but as you said to heidy, "Bottom line, you had to be there and seen what I saw!" You are never going to make me believe what you say is true and clearly you aren't going to budge. We also know how witnesses have proven to be notoriously unreliable and as you previously stated, "I had no choice but to stop in back of cars." So, could you even see the collision???! Or are YOU just making these "lies and bs explanation" up because you were agitated that you had to sit in traffic for so long because as far as I'm concerned, you have NO regard for the driver, NOR anyone else! Your posts are written out of ANNOYANCE rather than CONCERN for the general public. You have NEVER once expressed ANY thankfulness over the fact that every person involved in this incident, miraculously walked away without a scratch! For someone who was a so called "witness" YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!!! And if don't believe the witnesses (who were ACTUALLY in front and affected by the collision), you can track them down and ask, but they will tell you the same thing. Now why would they lie to the officials about that, huh?? What good does it do them to falsify the truth? Oh and really though, please proofread your posts before you submit them. You're incorrect use of punctuation, english, and extreme vindictiveness are giving me a headache.
R Flores November 15, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Katrina,YOU are the one one who should be ashamed! You are clearly more concerned about proving Mr.Guzmans innocence rather than hearing the truth and having genuine concern for those involved that could have been killed! It's so obvious u must be a relative and or a friend of Mr.Guzman or else you wouldn't be going to such great lengths to prove your stupid point! especially to someone who was there. And yes, I saw everything,even with cars in front of me! Not that you care.
Katrina November 15, 2012 at 05:43 PM
R FLores, HAHA so it that why you have NEVER once expressed any gratitude that no one was harmed? Instead YOU have been the vindictive one, calling out for blood, exclaiming, "Mr Guzman you should be in jail !", again, never once bothering to express any concern about the others involved! Your post have all been about damnation, not facts. Did you even attempt to defend the ambulance driver, or any of the other cars? No, you only care about YOUR viewpoint. And yes, I will defend Mr. Guzman because I know and the authorities know THAT is what happened and I will not have some begrudged "witness" say otherwise. Mr. Guzman is aware of the situation and knows that he has to be more careful, but unlike you, he is also grateful that no one harmed. Did you even care when you saw his car flip over? No, probably not, because from the way you spew out your angry posts, you assumed he deserved it. Did you ever bother to ask about the van of children that was involved? Or the driver of the car who could have died if she and her son were inches closer to the line? No, instead you come on this forum and complain, demanding there be a punishment for Mr. Guzman. And quite frankly, no, I don't care what you have to say because you clearly have no regard for human life. As heidy mentioned earlier, you and your bitterness have a good day now. DO be sure to be extra cautious since you're such an upstanding driver.
mia November 16, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Wow- so scary thank God every1 is ok. That area often doesn't drfive w/sirens &jut use them as going through intersection but often that's too late as in this intance. As an ambulance driver they r also supposed 2slow down through intersections (espec if their light was red). Neither the ambulance or mr guzman saw eachother til it was too late cuz if either had known they would have done all they could to avoid it &not hit eachother. Just sooo gr8ful no serious injuries.
mia November 16, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Sorry for all the typos. Uugghh this phone doesn't work w/big fingers&such small print
Tony Czuleger November 18, 2012 at 03:36 PM
It will be found the man was passing on the right, which their is a lane for this, but it is not for a fast track passing lane. Ah he was texting that’s it. Let the facts be gathered first then pass judgment. By the way, why should a hospital admit any wrong doing the ambulance is a contract carrier and not owned or operated by a hospital. Bottom line slow down and be aware while one is driving! Driving is not a right, it’s a privilege.
Sam Demers April 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM
I heard the same about Guzman! He got his drivers license taken away for a few years, because he has a wreck less driving record! Katrina do your search on your lame boyfriend! Hahaha
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) April 22, 2013 at 05:01 PM
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