Now if only the Studebaker had been a tow truck.
From the second shot (below) it looks like things weren’t too dire.
The lightweight Stude came out of this amazingly well.
That’s a Land Cruiser, first year with the V8 engine. Those 232 cubic inches of pure power must have gotten away from the driver. 🙂
San Francisco ? It somehow looks familiar. I never should have left…
I was thinking Los Angeles. Officer’s uniform, electric poles, architecture.
Does the ambulance driver get credit for rapid response time to the accident?
“Thanks but never mind, I’ll just walk the rest of the way to the hospital – I still have one good leg.”
Is that a Packard ambulance? That’s a pretty big hit on both vehicles, and in pre-seatbelt days, too!
I think it’s an early postwar Caddy. It certainly came off second-best!
Its a 1946 Cadillac S & S ambulance by Hess & Eisenhardt. S & S had been Sayers & Scovill of Cincinnati, ownership changed in the late 1930’s, then changed the name to H & E in 1942.
I cheated and went to Shorpy, it is Oakland in 1957.
Just a guess, the ambulance was on a call, running a red light with lights and siren going, and the other driver didn’t see him.
I wondered it were Oakland, it certainly has that East Bay feel so thanks for looking it up. I was born there in 1956 so I could even be somewhere in that picture 😀 Until what feels like fairly recently there were a lot of buildings like that in West Oakland but many either didn’t survive the 1989 earthquake, or the gentrification that followed.
It’s a good thing the ambulance was on the left side of and not the right side of the country taking the Godfather home from the hospital.
I always wondered why policemen had that stripe down the side of their trousers. I think it was a uniform thing, my Dad had those too on his work uniform.
Love these photos, albeit hopefully serious personal injuries were avoided.
Guess that’s what happens when a bear and a frog go road tripping together, Waca Waca!
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