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Medics and driver injured after ambulance and lorry involved in road crash outside Belfast

Medics and driver injured after ambulance and lorry involved in road crash outside Belfast

Two medics and another driver have been injured after an ambulance collided with a lorry outside Belfast.

The crash happened on the Shore Road, close to the Northern Regional College campus in Newtownabbey on Monday morning.

The emergency vehicle was crashed as it was returning to base just after 9am.

The smash happened after it was hit from behind by a lorry.

That caused the ambulance to crash into a car as a result of the impact.

It's believed two members of staff and another driver were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital with "non life-threatening injuries".

A spokesman for the ambulance service said it has attended 11 road collision on Monday due to the increasingly severe weather.

"We would appeal to everyone to exercise caution on the roads following last night’s severe weather," it said.

"We would ask people to be particularly careful on roads where leaves have been blown off trees and are making conditions very slippery. Please reduce your speed and maintain a safe gap from the vehicle in front."

The road has since been cleared and traffic is now moving again.

Thousands of homes across Northern Ireland were left without electricity this morning after a night of severe gales hit the power network.

Gusts of 70mph, accompanied by heavy rain, caused damage to the electricity network in counties Down and Antrim - breaking branches, uprooting trees and bringing down poles and lines.

Belfast Telegraph