Lucky escape for drivers and passengers as car and ambulance collide on bridge
AN AMBULANCE was left hanging over the side of a narrow bridge in Kilchoan after a crash while responding to a 999 call.
One witness described the scene as something out of The
Italian Job after the emergency service vehicle was involved in a collision with a Mini Countryman on the B8007 near Glenborrodale on Tuesday June 20.
Resident Geoffrey Campbell, who witnessed the collision, said: ‘The ambulance was heading to Kilchoan to attend to an emergency and met a car on the bridge. Fortunately, no- one was injured but the Mini went backwards through the bridge wall and the ambulance ended up balanced on the other wall in an Italian Job pose.
‘Emergency services soon attended, including two fire engines, another ambulance and the police.
‘Only the Coastguard was miss- ing. All was put right with assistance from the Loch Shiel garage and Ardnamurchan Estate.’
With the road closed, a helicopter was sent to respond to the original emergency.
A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of an incident involving one of our ambulances and another vehicle on the B8007 near Glenborrodale at 6.40pm on Tuesday June 20.
‘The ambulance was responding to an emergency call when the incident took place and another resource was immediately sent to the patient’s home address in Kilchoan. Neither our crew nor the occupants of the other vehicle were reported to be injured.
‘One patient was transferred safely from Kilchoan to Raigmore Hospital by our air ambulance. There was no reported adverse impact on the patient.’