How do you flip a 3.5 ton ambulance?
You clean out the back of the rig, attach giant pistons under one side, and then FIRE PISTONS AT THE GROUND to flip over the ambulance at the moment of impact.
Do not try this at home.
Like I've said before, most of the stunts are REAL (versus computer generated). For example, the car that crashes into Nancy and Glen's rig tonight was going 35 MPH at the moment of impact. There is a good chance that the ambulance would have flipped naturally, but to be sure and also add to the visual exhibition, the pistons were used to flip the ambulance shown above. It's fun to watch at home, and unbelievable to watch in person.
The set of Trauma has become a tourist attraction in San Francisco.
It's not uncommon to look up in the middle of a take and see people watching us film. We shoot almost all of the outdoor scenes in the streets of San Francisco (as opposed to a studio), so people can watch the stunts, explosions and various Trauma displays on a daily basis.
Locals and tourists alike have the opportunity to see how cars end up like this without the worry of any real physical harm done to anyone.
Well, tonight is the first time that one of US needs 911 emergency services. So, enjoy and thanks again for tuning in!