Paramedic dies after collision between ambulance and truck in Kent

A female paramedic has died after a crash between an ambulance and a cement truck.

Two other paramedics were taken to hospital after the collision, which happened on the A21 near Sevenoaks in Kent on Wednesday night.

The lorry driver suffered minor injuries, a spokesperson for South East Coast ambulance service NHS foundation trust (Secamb) 前記.

The ambulance had been on its way to an incident at the time of the crash, the trust confirmed.

Kent police are investigating what happened and have appealed for dashcam footage and witnesses.

Emma Williams, Secamb’s executive director of operations, 前記: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and our heartfelt sympathies go to her family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time. Our thoughts are also with the other injured staff members as well as all of those who responded to the incident.

“We are supporting the police in their inquiries and would urge anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.”

The incident comes at a time when ambulance and NHS services are under considerable strain from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Three members of staff were travelling in the ambulance at the time of the collision but were not transporting a patient, the trust said. Emergency services rushed to the crash, including the air ambulance, but despite their efforts, the paramedic died at the scene.

A male paramedic, who suffered serious multiple injuries, was airlifted to King’s College hospital in London, and a student paramedic, who was travelling in the rear of the vehicle, was taken to hospital with a head injury.

Road closures were put in place but have since been lifted, 警察は言った.