Patient dies after ambulance crash
A man who died after an ambulance being driven by a police officer left a country road in icy weather and careered into a bush has been named.
Daniel Martin, 31, received life-threatening injuries when his Mini was in a crash with a flatbed highways lorry carrying road equipment.
The accident happened on the A271 Boreham Street, near Eastbourne, East Sussex, just before 2.30pm on Friday, Sussex Police said.
Due to the severity of Mr Martin's injuries, both the ambulance crew members treated him in the back of the ambulance while a road policing officer drove it to Eastbourne District General Hospital.
A police spokesman said it was an "unusual occurrence" but that police will help during incidents when medical staff need to concentrate full time on treating their patient.
About 20 minutes later the ambulance crashed into a bush on Standard Hill, Ninfield, in poor weather.
The Sussex Police helicopter and Kent Air Ambulance attended the second crash but Mr Martin, from Horam, was pronounced dead.
A post-mortem examination is due to take place next Wednesday. One of the ambulance crew was treated at hospital for minor injuries.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was contacted by Sussex Police and asked for the inquiry to continue locally before a decision about any involvement by the police watchdog can be made on Monday.
Meanwhile, a 36-year-old man from St Leonards-on-Sea, who was driving the highways vehicle operated by a contractor on behalf of East Sussex County Council, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. He has been freed on police bail until February 17, pending further inquiries.