Driver injured as 999 ambulance overturns
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.
COLLISION: The ambulance on its side in Normandy Way