Four hurt in horror crash between a cement lorry and ambulance in Kent
Female paramedic is killed and three are injured in horror crash between a cement lorry and an ambulance in Kent
- Emergency services were scrambled to the A21 in Sevenoaks just after 8pm
- Three staff members were travelling in the ambulance at the time of the crash
- The female paramedic died at the scene, despite the best efforts of colleagues
- Male colleague airlifted to hospital and student paramedic also taken to hospital
- Lorry driver suffered minor injuries as police appeal for witnesses to the crash
Published: 08:35, 6 January 2022 | Updated: 16:58, 6 January 2022
A female paramedic has died after a crash between an ambulance and a cement lorry in Kent last night.
A huge emergency service response was scrambled to the coastbound carriageway of the A21 in Sevenoaks just after 8pm last night.
Three members of staff were travelling in the ambulance at the time of the crash but were not transporting a patient.
Multiple crews attended the scene, including the air ambulance service alongside police and fire service colleagues.
Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, a female paramedic sadly died at the scene.
A male paramedic, who sustained serious multiple injuries, was airlifted to Kings College Hospital in London and a student paramedic, who was travelling in the rear of the vehicle, was taken to hospital with a head injury.
The lorry driver suffered minor injuries.
SECAmb Executive Director of Operations Emma Williams said: ‘We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and our heart-felt 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.’
Police were called at 8.16pm last night after a crash between an ambulance and a cement lorry
Four people were injured in the incident, including two who were seriously hurt
The crushed front of the ambulance is seen following the crash in Sevenoaks, Kent
Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit have commenced an investigation and are asking anyone with dashcam footage prior to the incident to come forward
Anyone who witnessed the collision is also being asked to contact officers
Road closures are in place and motorists are being asked to check their route before travelling
Crash scene investigation teams spent hours in freezing conditions collecting evidence and using specialist laser scanners to try and recreate what happened.
Dashcam footage is said to have been recovered from the two vehicles, but police are keen to see more from others in the area who witnessed the smash.
The road was closed for several hours as the investigation and clean-up operation took place before finally reopening just before 8am this morning.
A Kent Police spokesman said: ‘Dashcam footage and witnesses are being sought following a collision on the coastbound carriageway of the A21 near Sevenoaks.
‘Kent Police was called to the scene at 8.16pm on Wednesday 5 January 2022, following a report of a collision involving an ambulance and a cement lorry.
‘Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit have commenced an investigation and are asking anyone with dashcam footage prior to the incident to come forward.
‘Anyone who witnessed the collision is also being asked to contact officers.’
A UNION is supporting ‘distressed’ colleagues of the female paramedic who died in an ambulance crash.
A spokesman for the SECAmb UNISON Branch, which represents operational ambulance staff, said: ‘Our thoughts are with everyone involved with this awful tragedy, including those who attended the scene on the night, and those still in hospital.
‘UNISON is supporting members distressed by the events and hopes for a full recovery for our injured colleagues.’
The female paramedic who died in the crash is understood to not be a UNISON member.
Community First Responders Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells, a charity of trained volunteers who respond to 999 calls assisting SECAmb, said in a statement posted on Facebook: ‘Our thoughts are with all those involved in this tragic incident, such sad news.
‘The professionalism and dedication of the crews that attended this incident to care for their friends and colleagues makes us all immensely proud to be a part of the SECAmb family.
‘I’m sure we’ll all be hugging our loved ones that bit tighter today.’