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Ambulances involved in two separate Co Antrim crashes

One vehicle ended on its side in Portrush collision, but no life-threatening injures to those involved

By Jonathan Bell

Published 19/08/2015

The crew were taking a patient to hospital for a non-emergency call when the crash happened. Pic: NIAS
The crew were taking a patient to hospital for a non-emergency call when the crash happened. Pic: NIAS

Ambulances have been involved in two separate collisions this morning with one vehicle spinning and ending on its side in an incident in Portrush, Co Antrim.

In Portrush an ambulance was involved in a crash with another vehicle on the Coleraine Road/Atlantic Road just before 9am.

The collision sent the ambulance into a spin with it ending up on its side.

One person had to be cut out of the vehicle while three others, including the ambulance crew, were taken to the nearby Causeway Coast Hospital for treatment to non life-threatening injuries.

The Ambulance Service said the vehicle was taking a patient to hospital for a non-emergency call when a van emerged from a side road.

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) spokesman added: “NIFRS received a call at 8.54am to a report of a two vehicle road traffic collision at the Atlantic Road area of Portrush this morning.

“Two fire appliances from Portrush Fire Station and one fire appliance from both Coleraine and Portstewart fire stations were deployed to the scene of a two vehicle road traffic collision involving an ambulance and a van.

"One person was removed from the ambulance by firefighters using hydraulic cutting equipment, while the driver of the van and another person inside the ambulance were outside the vehicle upon arrival by firefighters at the scene.

“The incident finished at 9.35am.”

In an earlier incident an ambulance was involved in a crash on the Shore Road in Whiteabbey at around 8.30am during a non-emergency call to Carrickfergus when it collided with a car which had emerged from a side road.

The Ambulance Service said the driver of the car was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment, while the ambulance crew were said to be left shaken.

They have been stood down.

An Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We would repeat our calls for drivers to exercise extreme caution on the roads at all times."

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