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Driver killed in collision between two ambulances in Pwllheli

Published 29/04/2016

Two Ambulances were involved in the accident
Two Ambulances were involved in the accident

A crash between two ambulances in north Wales has left one driver dead and three people seriously injured.

An urgent response ambulance collided with a patient care service vehicle on a stretch of the A499 in Pwllheli, Gwynedd, shortly before 3pm on Thursday.

Paramedics in two air ambulances were scrambled to the scene along with two rapid response cars and three ambulances by road to treat the injured.

The driver of the patient care service vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, the Welsh Ambulance NHS Trust said.

Three people travelling in the urgent response ambulance were taken to the Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital where they are being treated for serious injuries, they added.

Staff at the Trust have been left "absolutely devastated" by the tragedy, its head of operations in North Wales, Sonia Thompson, said.

She added: "Our thoughts are with everyone involved.

"We're doing everything we can to support our affected colleagues, and are working hard to understand what happened."

Richard Lee, the Welsh Ambulance Service's director of operations, said their thoughts were with everyone affected and particularly with the family of the dead driver.

He added: "As an ambulance service we deal with road traffic accidents on a daily basis. These are always difficult for our staff to deal with, but even more so when they involve our colleagues.

"We have plans in place to support our staff in Pwllheli and the wider Gwynedd area over the coming days."

News of the tragedy was met with messages of support from emergency service providers from across the country and further afield.

The Welsh Ambulance Service (WAS) said it had been overwhelmed by the "humbling and deeply touching" reaction adding: "Out of adversity comes strength. We are truly stronger together. Thank you."

London's Metropolitan Special Constabulary tweeted that their thoughts were with all those involved at the WAS as part of the "#999family".

The Northern Ireland College of Paramedics said it was "very tragic news", tweeting: "Our thoughts are with our @WelshAmbulance colleagues and their families this evening."

West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "Our deepest sympathies go out to our colleagues in @WelshAmbulance who lost one of their own in a crash today. #RIP."

Jim Hancox, aircrew supervisor at Midlands Air Ambulance's Strensham Base, wrote: "Words can't express the sadness and loss our @WelshAmbulance colleagues will be feeling tonight. We stand shoulder to shoulder with you..."

The Dublin Fire Brigade tweeted: "Thinking of our colleagues in @WelshAmbulance and everyone affected by today's tragic events #999family."

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