Last night was the regular 20 mile river trail ride. I normally ride in the slower group after Sunday's ride but the threat of an approaching thunderstorm had me leading the group as we were on the return portion of the ride. Five of us (one a newbie to the group) rounded a curve passing under a railroad trestle and there parked right in the middle of the trail was the biggest emergency squad vehicle I've ever seen That thing took up the entire trail. I immediately started shouting "Stop", applied my brakes and shot off the right side of the trail to avoid hitting it head-on. The second rider (the newbie) locked her brakes and skidded into the truck. The two riders behind her tangled trying to get off the trail and one of them went down in the dirt along the trail. The last rider was able to stop without incident but he did state later he was glad we had stopped for a restroom break before the accident.
Normally when emergency equipment enters the trail system they turn their lights on, beep their horn or turn their sirens on to warn people on the trails. This is a blind curve and we had slowed down and made sure we were on our side of the trail as we're aware that there might be walkers or other riders approaching us. Thankfully no one was seriously injured but the rider who went down had some nasty rash on his knee and a banged up finger. I bet he's sore today The driver rolled his window down and asked if we were okay. After telling him everyone seemed okay except for the downed rider he said okay and drove on. Now this really miffed us.....he could of at least offered us something to clean the wounds. He didn't have anyone in the ambulance so he wasn't on an emergency run. We reported the incident to the local police department just in case this guy was somewhere he wasn't supposed to be at that time. They offered to send someone out but we just wanted to get off the trail before it started raining and get something to eat.