Belfast Telegraph

Ambulance crash patient dies from swine flu

A woman who was being transported in an ambulance when it crashed almost a fortnight ago has died, according to reports.

The BBC last night said the woman is believed to have died yesterday as a result of swine flu.

On January 19, an ambulance carrying a seriously ill patient crashed on the way to a Belfast hospital close to the village of Brookeborough. The vehicle was transferring the patient from the Erne Hospital in Co Fermanagh to the intensive care unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

It is understood the patient, a woman in her 40s, was not injured as a result of the smash but was returned to the Erne for treatment and stabilisation.

A female doctor suffered serious injuries to her head, neck and chest.

Four other people — two ambulance crew members and two nurses — were treated in hospital for minor injuries.

The ambulance is believed to have left the road and tumbled approximately 30 feet down an embankment.

Anyone who witnessed the accident has been asked to contact detectives on 0845 600 8000.

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