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Paramedic dies following collision

A paramedic has died after being knocked down in an ambulance station car park.

Alison Smith, 51, was struck by a vehicle at the station on Western Road in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, at about 7am on Tuesday.

Ms Smith, from Irvine, was taken to Crosshouse Hospital where she later died.

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said: "Everyone in the service is devastated by the loss of ambulance paramedic Alison Smith who was a dedicated professional with 23 years of service and a very popular team member.

"She will be sadly missed by all and our heartfelt sympathies go out to her family, friends and colleagues.

"Our welfare team is providing support to her family and those members of staff affected by this tragic event."

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "At around 7am on December 23, Police Scotland were made aware of a 51-year-old woman having been struck by a vehicle within the car park of the ambulance station on Western Road, Kilmarnock.

"The woman was conveyed to Crosshouse Hospital by ambulance but subsequently succumbed to her injuries."

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