‘Beautiful, kind’ female paramedic, 21, killed in ambulance crash was just two months into her career
A female paramedic who died in a crash between an ambulance and a cement lorry only started in the job two months ago. Alice Clark, 21, was killed when the emergency vehicle she was travelling in collided with a lorry on the A21 in Kent on Wednesday evening. Her grief-stricken parents said their “fun-loving” daughter “looked forward to every shift”, while her colleagues described her as “kind and dedicated”.
The newly-qualified paramedic died at the scene, while two other medics were rushed to hospital with serious injuries. The lorry driver only had minor wounds, police said. On Thursday evening, it emerged Ms Clark only joined South East Coast Ambulance Service in November.
Her parents said in a joint statement: “Alice was so excited to qualify as a paramedic and looked forward to every shift. “She was a beautiful, kind, fun-loving daughter, sister and granddaughter. She loved to travel and anyone who met her loved her.
“She will be missed more than words can say by family and friends.”
Tributes to ‘dedicated’ paramedic
Giovanni Mazza, manager of the Paddock Wood Operating Unit, where Ms Clark was based, added: “Although she had only been with us for a short time, Alice was already very much part of our ambulance family and will be remembered as a kind and dedicated paramedic. “She will be deeply and sadly missed by her colleagues and we’re sending our love and prayers to her family and friends during this horrendous time.” Emma Williams, executive director of operations at South East Coast Ambulance Service, said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and our heartfelt sympathies go to her family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.
“Our thoughts are also with the other injured staff members, as well as all of those who responded to the incident. “We are supporting the police in their enquiries and would urge anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.” Community First Responders Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, a charity of trained volunteers who respond to 999 calls assisting South East Coast Ambulance Service, said: “Our thoughts are with all those involved in this tragic incident, such sad news.
“I’m sure we’ll all be hugging our loved ones that bit tighter today.”
Kent Police launched an investigation and are looking for witnesses to come forward, especially anyone who may have dashcam footage of the incident.