UPDATE (11:24 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6): Captain David Hodges with the Charleston Fire Department says the ambulance involved in this crash was one of the department’s newer ambulances.
“It was a group of four newer purchases so obviously with the supply chain issues going on right now we’re probably going to see other ways of getting it back into service just with supply and demand and associated needs,” said Hodges.
He added that even though the department is down an ambulance, response times for patients will not be affected.
The two medics involved in this incident are expected to return to work this week.
UPDATE (11:55 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 5): The Patrick Street bridge in Charleston is expected to be open Tuesday morning for drivers, after being shut down for close to two hours Monday night when a city ambulance got stuck on the bridge’s guardrail.
Charleston Police on the scene said that the driver hit the curb causing the emergency vehicle to hang over the side of the bridge.
No patient was in the ambulance at the time and no other vehicles were involved.
The two medics were taken to the hospital to be checked out per city policy.
Earlier in the evening one of the medics was said to have a minor injury, according to police.
CPD said that the medics were able to get out of the ambulance through the passenger side door.
The city is expected to release more information Tuesday morning.
In addition to the Patrick Street Bridge being shut down, Kanawha Boulevard below, near the Drug Emporium was also closed while crews worked to remove the ambulance.
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Emergency crews are on the scene helping one of their own.
Pictures from the Patrick Street Bridge in Charleston show a City of Charleston Ambulance over the guardrail of the bridge.
The entire bridge is shut down and so is Kanawha Boulevard in the area below – near the Drug Emporium.
The incident happened just after 10 p.m.
13 News has a crew at the scene working to get more information.
At this time is not clear how the accident happened or if anyone is in the vehicle.
According to Charleston Police, this was a single-vehicle crash, with minor injuries to the driver.
This story is developing. Stay with 13 News for updates.