‘Row of cars’ hit by am­bu­lance Driver tried Reds fans have a new hero as ex-Swan makes de­but to avoid an an­i­mal but dam­aged num­ber of ve­hi­cles

Llanelli Star - - FRONT PAGE - Caitlin O’Sul­li­van

RES­I­DENTS of one Llanelli street were wo­ken by sev­eral loud bangs to see in the new year – but not in the man­ner they might have ex­pected, af­ter an am­bu­lance crashed into a row of parked cars.

The col­li­sion hap­pened shortly af­ter 6am on New Year’s Day in Mar­ble Hall Road.

Res­i­dents were wo­ken to find five cars dam­aged, af­ter the am­bu­lance trav­el­ling down the road swerved into them.

It had been try­ing to avoid an an­i­mal.

WHILE most new years start with a bang, the res­i­dents of one Llanelli street were wo­ken by sev­eral, af­ter an am­bu­lance crashed into a row of parked cars.

The col­li­sion hap­pened shortly af­ter 6am on New Year’s Day in Mar­ble Hall Road in Llanelli.

Res­i­dents were wo­ken to find five cars dam­aged, af­ter an am­bu­lance trav­el­ling down the road swerved into them.

It had been try­ing to avoid an an­i­mal that ran across the road in front of it, and ended up strik­ing two cars, which con­certi­naed into oth­ers near them.

No peo­ple or homes were dam­aged, and the two paramedics who were in the am­bu­lance at the time were un­hurt.

Me­lanie and Shaun Gre­aney, who had one of their cars dam­aged, a Da­cia San­dero, said their car might have to be writ­ten off be­cause of the dam­age.

Mr Gre­aney said: “We were in bed be­cause it was quite early on New Year’s Day. We had been out cel­e­brat­ing at a friend’s house and got back by 1am so we hadn’t had that much sleep.

“There were two big bangs that woke me up at about 6am, I got out of bed im­me­di­ately to see what had hap­pened, it was so loud. We were lucky that noth­ing went into the front of the house be­cause there isn’t much room be­tween the road and the house.

“I think the es­ti­mated cost for all the cars will be thou­sands, our car is sus­pected to be a write-off.

“The driver of the am­bu­lance was a bit shaken up and very apolo­getic. He said he had swerved to avoid an an­i­mal that ran across the road.

“I think it could have been a fox that ran in front of him, be­cause the cats here tend to stay away.

“Luck­ily there wasn’t a pa­tient in the am­bu­lance at the time, only the two crew.”

Mrs Gre­aney said: “You can’t blame the driver, it was a nat­u­ral re­ac­tion, and no-one was hurt.

“We were lucky noth­ing came into the house, but what a way to start the new year.”

A Welsh Am­bu­lance Ser­vice spokesman said: “We can con­firm that one of our ve­hi­cles was in­volved in a road traf­fic col­li­sion with a num­ber of parked cars while tak­ing eva­sive ac­tion when an an­i­mal ran out in front of the ve­hi­cle in Mar­ble Hall Road, Llanelli, on Tues­day, Jan­uary 1, 2019, at ap­prox­i­mately 6am and no-one was in­jured.”

The am­bu­lance that swerved to avoid an an­i­mal and crashed into parked cars in Mar­ble Hall Road, Llanelli.

Some of the dam­aged cars.

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