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South's paramedics the first to use solar power

Solar panels fitted to one of the Rapid Response Vehicles Credit: SCAS

Ambulances in the south have become the first in the country to use solar panels.

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has installed the energy producing cells on 36 of its Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs).

They supply power to the secondary battery system that powers all emergency equipment onboard.

Green Team Co-ordinator Brian Miller said: "We are taking the initiative to reduce fuel consumption, fuel and battery replacement costs, the Trust’s carbon footprint and the need for RRVs to return to base and traditional shoreline systems to recharge vehicle batteries."

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Man injured in ambulance collision

A man suffered minor injuries with cuts to his face after a collision between a car and an ambulance in Hove.

Sussex Police said they understood the ambulance was on an emergency call.

The incident happened at about 11.10pm on 6th March 2013 on Old Shoreham Road, Hove at the junction with The Drive and Shirley Drive.

The ambulance left the road and collided with an electrical control box.

Last week, a 45-year-old man died after his car collided with an ambulance on Marine Drive, outside Roedean Pitch and Putt gold course in Brighton.

Gary Tucker, of Longridge Avenue, Saltdean, died at the scene of the crash. Two other people were injured.

Driver named after ambulance crash

A 45-year-old man who died after his car collided with an ambulance on Marine Drive, outside Roedean Pitch and Putt gold course in Brighton, last night, has been named.

Gary Tucker, of Longridge Avenue, Saltdean, died at the scene of the crash, which happened at 10.40pm.

The 43-year-old passenger in the Fiat Seicento was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

A member of the ambulance crew, which was on an emergency call, was slightly injured but was later discharged from hospital.

Police are currently investigating the circumstances of the collision and are asking anyone who saw what happened to call 101 quoting Operation Denmark.

Driver dies in 999 ambulance crash

Scene of last night's crash Credit: ITV Meridian

A motorist was killed in Brighton last night when his car was involved in a crash with an ambulance responding to an emergency call.

The 45-year-old driver of the Fiat Seicento died at the scene of the collision in Marine Drive, outside Roedean pitch and putt golf course.

His passenger, a 43-year-old man, was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

A member of the ambulance crew was slightly hurt but was later discharged from hospital.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "At this stage, police are still investigating the circumstances of the collision and are asking anyone who saw what happened to call 101 quoting Operation Denmark."

Ambulance crash: Statement

South East Coast Ambulance Service has released this statement following a fatal collision in Brighton

“We can confirm that one of our ambulances was involved in a fatal road traffic collision with a car on Marine Drive in Brighton at 10.42pm yesterday evening.

"At the time, the ambulance crew were en-route to an emergency call nearby.

“Sadly, the driver of the car was killed and a passenger injured as a result of the incident. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and our thoughts to all those involved.

"The ambulance crew involved suffered minor injuries and were later discharged from hospital.

“We will continue to work closely with Sussex Police as they investigate the causes of the road traffic collision.”

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Driver dies in ambulance crash

A driver has died after his car was in collision with an ambulance in Brighton.

The collision happened in Marine Drive outside Roedean golf club, at 10.40pm last night

A 45-year-old driver of the Fiat Seicento died at the scene and his passenger, a 43-year-old man was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

A member of the ambulance crew, which was on a 999 call, was injured but was later discharged from hospital.

At this stage police are still investigating the circumstances of the collision and are asking anyone who saw what happened to call 101 quoting Operation Denmark.

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