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Cops: Several taken to hospital in Glen Cove ambulance crash

Several people were taken to the hospital after a Glen Cove ambulance and a sport utility vehicle crashed in Greenvale Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

The Glen Cove City ambulance was transporting a man who fell from a roof when the vehicle was hit by an SUV leaving a parking lot, said Matthew Venturino, chief of the Glen Cove Emergency Medical Services.

The crash happened about 4:30 p.m. as the ambulance was going south on Glen Cove Road on its way to Winthrop-University Hospital, he said. The SUV came out of a parking lot near Locust Street, he said.

Within minutes, Roslyn firefighters and Nassau police ambulances were on the scene, Venturino said.

The fall victim was quickly transferred to another ambulance, he said: "There was hardly a delay in the care."

Two EMS workers in the ambulance and the SUV driver were also taken to the hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries, Venturino said. The EMS employees were treated and released, he said.

The SUV driver's condition was not immediately available.

Westbound lanes on Northern Boulevard were shut down as officers investigated the crash, Nassau police said.

Venturino said drivers should be especially careful during the hot weather because the air conditioning and radio may drown out the sound of emergency sirens.

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