VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) - A driver died in a crash with an ambulance in the Vancouver area Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency crews responded to the 3600 block of Northeast 78th Street at around 2 p.m.

Investigators said the driver of a 2007 Saturn Ion sedan collided with an AMR ambulance. The driver of the car was taken in another ambulance to the hospital, but was later pronounced dead, according to Clark County deputies.

The driver was identified Tuesday night as 41-year-old Michael E. Ryan of Vancouver. He was the only person in the car. 

Witnesses told deputies Ryan was driving erratically in and out of the westbound lanes of 78th Street prior to the crash. 

Ryan lost control of the car, according to investigators, and drove into the path of an eastbound AMR ambulance, hitting the ambulance head-on. 

Deputies said the ambulance crew sustained non-life-threatening injuries. AMR reported that both paramedics were taken to the hospital to be evaluated. 

The ambulance was not transporting a patient at the time of the crash, according to deputies.

Northeast 78th Street eastbound was closed at Northeast 25th Avenue and the westbound road was closed at St. Johns. The public was advised to avoid the area and use an alternate route during the investigation.

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(2) comments

Just curious

Male or female? Approximately how old was the driver of the car/vehicle that hit the Ambulance?

This report leaves a lot of question.

Native Born

That ambulance was hit hard too! Our brother once was hit head on HWY 6 while driving a school bus. The bus was totaled and my brother was fortunate enough to just get a few scratches on his nose from the broken windshield.There were no passengers on his bus at the time as he had completed his route.

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