Man dead following head-on crash with ambulance in Brampton

A man has died after his BMW collided head-on with an ambulance in Brampton Wednesday night, Peel Regional Police say.

Officers received a call just before 8:30 p.m. regarding a collision near McMurchy Ave. and Queen St. W. The ambulance had been travelling west on Queen St. W. and was waiting in the intersection to make a left-hand turn, when a BMW travelling east struck it head-on, Peel police Const. Danny Marttini told the Star.

The male driver of the BMW died at the scene. Two paramedics suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Police said the driver of the BMW was alone in the vehicle. The ambulance did not have a patient on-board at the time of the collision.

The Peel Paramedic Union tweeted a picture of the heavily damaged ambulance saying, “Paramedicine is an ultra hazardous profession.”

They also tweeted confirming that both paramedics were in stable condition and enjoying a hospital visit from the union president.

A tweet from Peel Paramedics acknowledged the fatal collision, saying “these calls leave us all shaken.”

“Our deepest condolences to the family of the other driver.”

Investigators are canvassing the area and speaking to witnesses. While the investigation is ongoing the intersection of McMurchy Ave. and Queen St. W. will remain closed.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Collision Bureau at 905-453-2121 ext. 3710 or call Peel Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Claire Floody is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @claire_floody

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