D.C. ambulance wait time leaves elderly woman unconscious before being transported to hospital

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Here at the Banneker Place apartments on D Street Southeast near Minnesota Avenue, a number of elderly residents are in frequent need of ambulances and other emergency services, according to neighbors.

Theresa says that getting an ambulance to come to this area is usually not a problem – but she is shocked by what happened yesterday to her 90-year-old neighbor.

At approximately 2 p.m., 911 calls were made that the 90-year-old woman -- who lives in this apartment -- was in urgent need of an ambulance.

When the ambulance never arrived, she was eventually taken to the hospital by a fire truck that had been dispatched to the scene.

D.C. Fire Department spokesperson Timothy Wilson said in a statement:
"Our preliminary investigation indicates that a transport unit dispatched to the scene may have been erroneously rerouted. The error appears to have caused a significant delay."

Neighbors tell us later that day, a neighbor in the adjacent building also called for an ambulance at approximately 5 p.m. Fire trucks responded first, and neighbors say this time it was an approximate 15 minute wait before an ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital.

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