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Cruise refutes SFFD declare that autonomous autos blocked ambulance, led to sufferer’s dying

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — On the evening of Aug. 14, a pedestrian was struck by a human-driven car on Harrison and seventh streets. The sufferer suffered important accidents however died after reaching the hospital.

The San Francisco Hearth Division (SFFD) says two Cruise autos blocked lanes, which prevented the ambulance from attending to the hospital in a well timed method. SFFD blames Cruise for inflicting a delay in response time that led to a affected person dying.

Nonetheless, Cruise refuted SFFD’s claims in an announcement (beneath) launched by the autonomous car firm on Saturday. Cruise says the ambulance behind the AV had a transparent path to move the AV as different autos, together with one other ambulance, proceeded to do.

On August 14 two Cruise AVs encountered an lively emergency scene at an intersection by which a pedestrian had been hit by a human pushed automotive. The primary car promptly clears the world as soon as the sunshine turns inexperienced and the opposite stops within the lane to yield to first responders who’re directing visitors. All through the complete period the AV is stopped, visitors stays unblocked and flowing to the fitting of the AV. The ambulance behind the AV had a transparent path to move the AV as different autos, together with one other ambulance, proceeded to do. As quickly because the sufferer was loaded into the ambulance, the ambulance left the scene instantly and was by no means impeded from doing so by the AV

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Cruise added that SFFD’s claims are “irresponsible to attempt to shift the blame for this tragic occasion towards our fleet.”

The autonomous car firm has been in communication with SFFD and different native municipal businesses. Cruise mentioned it’s attempting to point out the hearth division surveillance footage from the 2 AVs on the evening of Aug. 14.

Cruise confirmed KRON4 footage from the evening of the incident to elucidate its facet of the story. On account of Cruise firm coverage, the footage was not launched for public consumption.

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