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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.