School bus, aid car in 4-vehicle smash

Herald staff

EVERETT — A four-vehicle crash including a school bus and a medic unit responding to a call shut down a busy road for several hours Wednesday afternoon.

There were no serious injuries, but a woman in one vehicle and three firefighter-paramedics were taken to Providence Everett Medical Center’s Colby Campus for examination.

All were treated and released, a nursing supervisor said.

The medics from Fire District No. 1 immediately called for another medic unit to respond in their place to the original call, district spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said.

The medic unit, with its emergency lights and siren activated, had gone only about four blocks from the station northbound on Fourth Avenue W. shortly after 1 p.m. when it reached the intersection with 120th Street SW.

The medic unit was struck by a vehicle on 120th, knocking it into a van that was pushed backward into the front of a school bus that was stopped in traffic, authorities said. Air bags deployed in all vehicles except the empty Mukilteo School District bus, Hynes said.

The closed road created traffic tie-ups as Mariner High School ended for the day while the crash was being investigated by sheriff’s detectives, Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Jorgensen said.

The medic unit is out of service because of the damage, but a reserve unit has taken its place.

"We’re just glad no one was seriously injured," Hynes said. "When you’re running code (an emergency), you always try to be cautious."

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