Ipswich: Paramedic and driver recovering after ambulance car crash

ipswich: An injured paramedic and another driver are today recovering at home after a late-night accident involving an ambulance response car.

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses to the collision, which happened in Woodbridge Road at the crossroads with Sidegate Lane and Nelson Road.

The ambulance service’s rapid response vehicle, with the paramedic, was answering an emergency call to help a woman who had collapsed and fainted, at around 7.45pm on Tuesday.

A community first responder was on the scene to help the woman, but had called for extra assistance from colleagues.

But as the paramedic drove his Volvo estate car to the scene, the vehicle was involved in a collision with a silver Honda Jazz, leaving the paramedic with rib injuries and the female driver needing to be cut free from the wreckage of her car. Both were taken to Ipswich Hospital but were discharged after being checked over by doctors.

A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “Our paramedic had a rib injury and was sore but is out of hospital and recovering.

“We wish our paramedic and the other casualty a speedy recovery.”

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The woman was put on a spinal board as a precaution, but she was found to have suffered only minor injuries.

The dramatic incident sparked a big response from the emergency services, with three fire engines, two ambulances and six police cars being sent to the scene to help.

Police are currently investigating the crash and are appealing for anyone who saw the incident to get in touch with them.

Anyone who saw the collision or has information is asked to call Sergeant John Hawkes from the force’s roads policing unit on 101.

The woman who had collapsed and fainted, sparking the initial emergency call, recovered a few minutes later and the call for help was cancelled.

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