Driver in­jured as 999 ambulance over­turns

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

AN ambulance driver was in­jured when the ve­hi­cle was in­volved in a col­li­sion with a car and flipped on to its side dur­ing a 999 run.

The driver and a sec­ond per­son, who was in the car, were taken to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing the col­li­sion on the A47 Nor­mandy Way, Hinck­ley, on Satur­day.

The East Mid­lands Ambulance Ser­vice, (Emas), ve­hi­cle was not car­ry­ing any pa­tients but was on its way to an emer­gency call.

A stretch of the busy road was closed for sev­eral hours as emer­gency ser­vices staff helped the in­jured from the ve­hi­cles. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cause is un­der way. Po­lice, fire and ambulance crews were called to the scene, at the junc­tion with Ashby Road, shortly be­fore 3pm.

Rus­sell Smal­ley, ser­vice de­liv­ery man­ager for Emas in Le­ices­ter­shire, said: “An ambulance re­spond­ing to a 999 call was in­volved in a road traf­fic col­li­sion at 2.55pm on the A47 near Hinck­ley.

“Two paramedics in ambulance cars, two crewed am­bu­lances, the air ambulance and a doc­tor in a car were sent to the scene.

“The driver of the ambulance has been taken to Le­ices­ter Royal In­fir­mary and an­other pa­tient has been taken to Ge­orge Eliot Hos­pi­tal, Nuneaton.

“The in­ci­dent will be in­ves­ti­gated by the po­lice and it is there­fore in­ap­pro­pri­ate to make any fur­ther com­ment at this time.”

The clo­sure caused traf­fic to build up.

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COL­LI­SION: The ambulance on its side in Nor­mandy Way

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