Ambulance. Photo Credit: Scott Sanchez on Wikimedia Commons

An 80-year-old man suffered potentially serious but apparently non-life-threatening injuries early Tuesday when an ambulance struck him as he was walking on state Route 94 in eastern San Diego County, authorities reported.

The medical-services vehicle hit the octogenarian on the eastbound side of the freeway near Waite Drive in Lemon Grove about 1:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Paramedics took him to Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego for treatment of moderate to serious trauma. He was expected to survive, CHP public-affairs Officer Travis Garrow said.

It was unclear what prompted the man to venture onto the expressway on foot.

“We don’t know why he was out there in the middle of the lanes, but unfortunately he was,” Garrow said.

Updated at 6:00 p.m. Nov. 22, 2022

— City News Service