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Man charged after paramedic injured in southwest Calgary hit and run

WATCH: A Calgary paramedic was taken to hospital on Tuesday after being involved in a collision while responding to a medical call. As Christa Dao reports, it has officials reminding drivers to be patient on the road.

A paramedic was hurt in a hit and run in the southwest Calgary community of Haysboro Tuesday night.

According to police, EMS technicians were loading a patient into an ambulance — which has lights flashing — on Hillgrove Drive S.W. at around 9 p.m.

Police said a driver “stopped for a moment and then quickly accelerated by the ambulance.” The paramedic, who hadn’t yet cleared the road, was sideswiped, police said.

READ MORE: Calgary police officer seriously injured while attending call

The paramedic was himself taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after he finished helping his patient, CPS said.

Officers searched the area and found the vehicle parked at a nearby home. Officers arrested a man inside who matched the driver description.

Kenneth Muraweski, 69, was charged with one count of failing to stop at the scene of an accident that involved bodily harm.

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CPS is reminding citizens that when emergency vehicles are stopped with lights flashing, drivers need to pass carefully.

“When emergency personnel are working close to or in a lane of traffic, drivers must follow first responders’ instructions and stop if it is not safe to pass,” police said in a news release. “When passing an emergency vehicle in the lane immediately next to it, drivers must drive no faster than 60 km/h or the speed limit, whichever is slower.”

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