A female paramedic was killed in a horrific accident as the ambulance collided with a cement lorry on Wednesday evening in Kent.
Another paramedic was seriously injured and was taken to Kings College Hospital in London by air ambulance and a student paramedic suffered a head injury and was also taken to hospital.
The incident happened on the A21 at around 8pm last night which saw a total of four people injured in the crash.
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A police spokesperson said, “Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit have commenced and investigation and are asking anyone with dashcam footage prior to the incident to come forward.
“Anyone who witnessed the collision is also being asked to contact officers.”
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In an updated statement, the force said, “Dashcam footage and witnesses are being sought following a collision on the coastbound carriageway of the A21 near Sevenoaks.
“Kent Police was called to the scene at 8.16pm on Wednesday 5 January 2022, following a report of a collision involving an ambulance and a cement lorry.
“Four people were injured in the incident, two of them were seriously hurt and the air ambulance was in attendance.”
In a statement South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) confirmed the news with “great sadness.”
Mulitple ambulance crews attended the scene with the police an the fire service, but sadly despite the best efforts by all a female paramedic died at the scene.
SECAmb Executive Director of Operations Emma Williams said, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and our heart-felt 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 enquiries and would urge anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.”
If anyone has any information that may assist with the investigation please call 01622 798538 quoting RY/CS/03/22. You can also email [email protected]