A Clute ambulance rear-ended a car on Highway 288 during a period of heavy fog early Tuesday morning, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Stephen Woodard said.

A 25-year-old woman was driving the ambulance with a 40-year-old woman in the front seat, he said. They are both emergency medical services workers and were transporting an 80-year-old woman to a hospital in Houston, Woodard said.

The ambulance was traveling the speed limit at about 12:55 a.m. Tuesday but since the visibility was so low, it hit a Hyundai Sonata driving in the lane in front of it, he said. The crash happened on northbound Highway 288 between county roads 45 and 51, Woodard said.

No one in the car was injured, he said, and there were no citations issued.

“It was just poor weather conditions,” Woodard said.

The EMS workers were transferred to the hospital as a precaution, he said, adding that they may have had “very minimal injuries.” The 80-year-old patient in the ambulance was picked up and transferred by another ambulance, he said.

The ambulance sustained damage to the front, but it should be reparable, Woodard said.

The crash is a reminder about the dangers of driving in low-visibility weather, he said.

“Anytime you’re driving in inclement weather, whether it’s fog or rain, it’s extremely important that you be mindful of your speed or reconsider driving at that particular time,” Woodard said.

Maddy McCarty is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0151.

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Obviously, the ambulance driver should have been ticketed.

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