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AMBULANCE AND CAR INVOLVED IN CRASH IN RYDE

UPDATED: An Isle of Wight ambulance has been involved in a collision with a car on a busy crossroads in Ryde this morning (Tuesday).

The incident, which has involved a BMW 3-series estate and a Mercedes Sprinter ambulance, has occurred on the Argyll Street/West Street/Green Street junction.

No one is thought to have been injured in the crash but there is significant damage to both vehicles.

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Traffic is very heavy in the area, particularly coming from the St John’s direction.

UPDATE @ 10:20 – Firefighters from Ryde are now in attendance in the interests of scene safety.

Police have also responded to the crash and have instigated road closures in the area. Motorists should divert via Ryde Town and Queen’s Road.

UPDATE @ 10:43 – Recovery of the vehicles is now taking place.

It is understood that the ambulance was not conveying a patient at the time of the crash, but may have been responding to a 999 call.

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An eye witness has told Island Echo:

“I saw the whole thing. The lights and sirens were on and it could be clearly heard. The BMW driver just carried on going over the junction”.

UPDATE @ 13:40 – The Isle of Wight NHS Trust have issued a statement on this morning’s incident.

A spokesperson has said:

“The IOW NHS Trust can confirm that one of the trust’s Ambulances was involved in a collision this morning with another car in Ryde.

“The Ambulance was responding to a call at the time of the collision. No injuries were sustained from the driver of the other vehicle or the Ambulance staff on board.

“Operational commanders from the Ambulance Service have attended the scene to offer support to the paramedics and member of public involved. Another crew were dispatched to respond to the original call”.


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