Idyllwild Fire Chief Patrick Reitz reported that one of the district’s new ambulances was involved in a crash while transferring a patient during the foggy weather this past weekend.

This was one of several items he mentioned during his report at Tuesday’s Idyllwild Fire Protection District commission meeting.

“Last weekend, there was an accident with one of our recently acquired ambulances,” he stated. “It’s out of commission until we take it to a dealer repair shop in Anaheim.”

The collision happened during heavy fog and the drive “caught a rock” along the road, damaging the vehicle’s body.

“We visited the scene and found a debris field, which has been accumulating for a while. So others have hit it, too,” Reitz said and added that he reported the incident to Cal Trans.

The ambulances were purchased at auction at the end of February. Within the past month, IFPD finally had them ready for use.