Teen Charged With Careless Driving After Ambulance Collision, Cops Say

5 people injured in crash, transported to hospital.

A Bedminster teen was ticketed for careless driving after she collided with a Bernardsville First Aid Squad ambulance near the train station off Mine Brook Road, according to a borough police report.

The crash resulted in five people, including two in the car and three volunteers with the Bernardsville First Aid Squad, being transported to Morristown Medical Center, according to authorities.

The report also said Paige L. Arace, 17, who was driving a Jetta southbound on Mine Brook Road while the ambulance was heading northbound, told police that as she was about to turn left into the train station, she noticed a pickup truck behind her with its own emergency lights activated.

Arace then attempted to turn into the train station, the report said. As she crossed the northbound lane, her car was struck by the Bernardsville ambulance. At the time of the 3:05 p.m. accident, the ambulance had its emergency lights activated and the siren in use, the police report said.

The crash resulted in five people, including two in the car and three volunteers with the Bernardsville First Aid Squad, being transported to Morristown Medical Center, according to authorities.

Three volunteer first aid squad members on the ambulance received minor injuries, Police Chief Kevin Valentine said on Monday.

Korrinne A. Arace, 16, who was seated in the passenger seat of the Jetta, was taken to the hospital after being extricated from the car by the Bernardsville Fire Co. with the assistance of the Basking Ridge Fire Co. and First Aid Squad, according to the police report.

Police Lt. Demmings Hoadley said on Tuesday that the three volunteer passengers — identified as Kate Lincoln, 56, of Bernardsville, and John Orfan, 72, and Kathleen Greene, 35, of Basking Ridge — had been taken to the hospital. The driver, Robby Robinson, 60, of Bernardsville, was not included in the list of injured.

Hoadley said he did not have information on the conditions of the two girls on Tuesday.

On Monday, Valentine said that the ambulance had left the Bernardsville Fire Co. and Rescue Squad building further south on Mine Brook Road (Route 202) and was heading north to respond to a call for a carbon monoxide alarm on Post Lane.

According to the report, the southbound car was struck on the passenger's side by the ambulance. The accident took place at the intersection with Claremont Road, Valentine said.

Valentine said another borough ambulance also responded to the accident.

Borough Police Sgt. Brad Horsey investigated the accident.

Jeff M. February 06, 2013 at 05:11 PM
There is no newsworthy reason for the names of the people involved in this accident to be published online. The potential consequences to the 17-year-old driver -- who was ticketed for nothing more than the most common moving violation in the state -- of having this incident memorialized online for posterity, thanks to Patch, are significant. I would urge Patch's local editors to use more discretion in listing the names and ages of every individual involved in every traffic incident occurring in the township.
Rebecca Shaw February 06, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Drivers like this are dangerous and should be kept off the road. I am glad everybody is okay. Accidents like this could be avoided if people would just keep their eyes and mind on the road.
Dan C February 08, 2013 at 03:02 AM
This is not just a common traffic collision... This person pulled in front of an ambulance with emergency lights and probably sirens activated... While I agree with you that names may not be necessary, you can not dismiss this the same as "every traffic incident occurring in the township."


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