The Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department says the Med-Care ambulance had its emergency lights on when the pickup truck crossed in front of it.
The ambulance driver, 68-year-old Arlene Greenleaf of Bethel, and the driver of the pickup, 29-year-old Christopher Boutin of Turner, were both injured and were taken to Central Maine Medical Center, as was the patient being carried in the ambulance.
The paramedic who died has been identified as 46-year-old Allan Parsons of Wilton. For Parsons' co-workers at Med-Care Ambulance, the news has hit hard.
"Obviously in times like this, nothing... we can't say enough and we're not going to be able to bring him back. He's irreplaceable," said Dean Milligan, the Director of Operations at Med-Care Ambulance.
"I've been in police work over 30 years and it's the first time I've seen an accident of this magnitude involving an ambulance," said Androscoggin County Sheriff Guy Desjardins.
Parsons worked for Med-Care for seven years, rising to the ranks of lieutenant. He leaves behind three children.
Police are investigating whether speed or alcohol were factors in the crash. They say the driver of the pickup truck was thrown from the vehicle.
Several passers-by stopped to help the injured. Sheriff's investigators would like to speak with them. If you were on the scene of the crash, you are asked to call Detective Sgt. William Gagne at 1-800-492-0737, or 784-7361, ext. 214.