Paramedic dead in horror crash as ambulance hits cement lorry – 3 more injured

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A paramedic has been killed in a horror crash involving an ambulance and a cement lorry on a busy A-road, authorities have confirmed.

Late yesterday evening (January 5), the ambulance and lorry crashed on the A21 at the Sevenoaks bypass in Kent.

Four people were injured in the shocking crash and now the South East Coast Ambulance service has tragically confirmed one of their paramedics was killed.

In a short statement, a spokesman confirmed the details of the crash.

They said: "It is with huge sadness that we confirm the death of a paramedic involved in a collision on the A21 yesterday evening (5 January 2022).

"South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) was yesterday (5 January 2022) called to the scene of a road traffic collision on the southbound carriageway of the A21 near Tonbridge at 8.20pm. The collision involved a Trust ambulance and a cement lorry.

"Three members of staff were travelling in the ambulance at the time of the collision but were not conveying 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."

Police have begun an investigation and are looking for witnesses to come forward, especially anyone who may have dashcam footage of the incident reports KentLive.

Following the tragic news, multiple different emergency departments across the country have paid tribute to the paramedic.

On Twitter, Surrey Fire and Rescue service said: "Our thoughts are with the families of those involved, and our colleagues at SECAMB."

Surrey Police's Roadside Policing Unit added: "Our thoughts are with the family, friends and our blue light colleagues."

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SECAmb's Executive Director of Operations Emma Williams has also paid tribute to the paramedic and her injured colleagues.

She 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.”

A spokesman from the Kent Police Federation has also paid tribute, saying: "Incredibly sad news as the South East Coast Ambulance Service confirm the death of a paramedic involved in a collision on the A21 yesterday.

"Our thoughts with the paramedic's family, friends and colleagues at this time."

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