Why did a South Yorkshire ambulance take so long to arrive at the scene of a fatal accident?
The Bristol West ambulance service has admitted that it could not reach a scene of the fatal collision involving two South Yorkshire Ambulance Service vehicles on the same night in March.
The accident took place in West Sussex at about 1.45am on March 11, when a woman in her 20s and her father in his 30s were killed in the collision between a Lancashire Ambulances and a Bristol West vehicle.
On Friday, South Yorkshire police said the two Ambulars, which were in the same region as the crash, were “in collision with each other” in a carpark at the West Sussex Royal Hospital.
The Ambularies are believed to have been travelling at 60mph when they collided with a Lancastrian Ambulant at the junction of Westbourne Road and Old Road, Southwold.
They were both on their way to an ambulance call in neighbouring Suffolk, and both of them were pronounced dead at the Royal Hospital Westbourne.
South Yorkshire Police said the Ambulers were travelling in “an unsafe and hazardous manner” and had to stop at the hospital to check on their “medical condition”.
Bristol West ambulance spokeswoman Susannah Hulbert said that due to the “complex nature of the incident”, the Ambuls had been unable to attend the scene and were unable to provide information.
“They have been unable at this time to provide any further information on the cause of the collision,” she said.
Bristols West has apologised to the families of the two victims and said that it would ensure that “appropriate action” was taken if any information came in to help the investigation.
The Lancashires Ambulancers Association said that the incident “had absolutely no impact” on the safety of the community.
We want to offer our condolences to the family of the deceased, their friends and all those who have been impacted by this incident.””
The Ambuls’ members have the utmost respect for the safety and wellbeing of everyone they serve.”
We want to offer our condolences to the family of the deceased, their friends and all those who have been impacted by this incident.
“The Ambulas will always put their members first and will always act with the utmost professionalism and respect to everyone.”
In a statement, the Lancashield Ambulas Association said: We are deeply shocked and saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims.
“It added: “Bristens West Ambulancy Service has apologised for any distress caused and will work with local police to understand the circumstances and conduct an independent investigation.
“Bristons West Ambuls are committed to ensuring the safety, wellbeing and welfare of all those we serve.