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Stolen ambulance in fatal crash

A private ambulance involved in a fatal crash with a double-decker bus had been stolen 20 minutes before, police have confirmed.

The driver of the ambulance died in the crash involving the bus and a car near York yesterday evening.

Six other people, including the bus driver, were taken to hospital.

The bus was carrying 16 passengers at the time, North Yorkshire Police said.

Today, a force spokesman said the ambulance driver, who was the only person in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

He said the vehicle had been reported stolen to North Yorkshire Police at about 8.10pm and the crash happened at 8.30pm.

Officers were actively looking for the vehicle when police were told of the accident.

The crash happened on the A64 at the Flaxton junction, east of York.

The ambulance was travelling east and the bus was travelling west.

The driver of the double-decker bus was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries, where he remains this morning.

Five bus passengers were taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

A third vehicle involved in the crash, a black Toyota Yaris, contained two people, one of whom was taken to hospital as a precaution, the spokesman said.

The A64 was closed in both directions overnight while investigators examined the scene. It reopened at about 6am this morning.

Sergeant Ian Pope, of North Yorkshire Police's Major Collision Investigation Team, said: "I am asking anyone who witnessed the incident, or any of the vehicles involved prior to the collision, to contact the police."

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