By COLlive reporter
The ambulette of the Ahavas Chesed organization was hit on Friday in Crown Heights by a yellow school bus, rendering it unavailable just as the month of Tishrei holidays begin.
The wheelchair accessible van was parked on Troy Avenue when a bus driver drove into it, leaving him injured and being rushed to the hospital. The bus didn’t have passengers in it and did not belong to a Jewish institution.
The ambulette, donated by businessman Yerachmeal and Rivka Leah Jacobson, did sustain damage and will be sent to repair which can take weeks, Ahavas Chesed Director Rabbi Avraham Lieder told COLlive.com.
The specially equipped van is used by community members for transporting disabled or convalescent passengers in nonemergency circumstances.
In fact, the crash led the ambulette from taking a person for a doctor’s appointment in Manhattan, Rabbi Lieder said, noting that they will not turn away requests despite not having the van available.
“We will just have to pay extra for a service to take them,” he said.