Lucky es­cape for driv­ers and pas­sen­gers as car and am­bu­lance col­lide on bridge

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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