Evanston police say several people were injured this afternoon when a stolen ambulance plowed into five cars at Chicago Avenue and Dempster Street.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says a man stole the private ambulance about 2:30 p.m. from a nursing home in Chicago and drove it into Evanston on Chicago Avenue at high speed.

The ambulance struck a parked car near Washington Street and then plowed into several more cars at Dempster Street.

Police say the exact number of people injured and the extent of their injuries is not known, but that none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.

The man who stole the ambulance is in police custody and was undergoing medical treatment, Guenther said. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Stolen ambulance
    This happens because private companys dont have keys for the rigs. One key turns them on, but doesnt open any of the doors so they are forced to leave the ambulance unlocked. & most of the ambulance are in bad shape that you cant turn them off because then the ambulance wouldnt turn back on. so the EMT & Paramedics have no other choice but to leave the rig on and opened. hopefully the companys have learned a lesson……..

    1. No, the ignition keys open
      No, the ignition keys open the front doors like on a normal van, but the wear and tear of locking and unlocking takes its toll on the door and eventually it breaks. The same goes for the back and side doors (different key) they get to the point where they don’t lock anymore or its a pain to unlock and open them, so they are left unlocked. The company should keep up on the maintenance of the rigs doors, but wait, that costs money.

      I guess the point I am trying to drive home here is DOORS WERE UNLOCKED BECAUSE THEY WERE BROKEN. I of course wouldn’t know because I DON’T WORK THERE. hint hint

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