An INL engine company consisting of five firefighters and two apparatus - a fire engine and ambulance - deployed from the Central Facilities Area Station 1 northbound on Lincoln road for a routine facility tour. The engine was leading with the ambulance following. While following the engine, the ambulance driver observed a coyote on the east side of the road approaching the roadway and then ran in front of the engine. When the coyote ran in front of the engine, the ambulance driver momentarily removed his foot from the accelerator pedal anticipating the engine might need to brake to prevent colliding with the coyote. After observing the coyote successfully cross the road, and not seeing any brake lights from the engine, the ambulance driver re-engaged the accelerator pedal but did not visually verify his following distance from the engine. The ambulance driver diverted his attention momentarily to the coyote and when he looked back to the roadway, there was no longer enough following distance to avoid a collision. The ambulance driver, traveling at 60 MPH, simultaneously swerved left, forcefully applied the foot brake, and collided into the rear drivers side of the engine with the front passenger side of the ambulance.
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