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Man bailed after ambulance crash

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses following a collision involving an ambulance and a car in the New Forest.

A driver arrested in connection with the incident on the A337 yesterday morning has been bailed until July 29.

The 25-year-old, who was driving a blue Seat Alhambra, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by driving without due care and attention.

Both the car and the ambulance were heading north on Lyndhurst Road when, for reasons yet to be established, the ambulance came off the road and hit a tree.


Two dead in ambulance crash - Paramedics' statement

A general view of the scene on the A337 north of Brockenhurst in the New Forest. Credit: PA

South Central Ambulance Service have released this statement:

"A double crewed ambulance belonging to South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust was involved in a collision with a tree on the A337 Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst road at 09.35 this morning.

"The ambulance was en route to Southampton General Hospital at the time of theincident conveying an elderly male patient. The patient was accompanied in theambulance by a relative.

"A female member of the ambulance crew and the elderly male patient were pronounced dead at scene.

"A male relative of the deceased patient was collared and boarded at scene and has been conveyed to Southampton General Hospital by land ambulance.

"A male ambulance crew member has been airlifted to Southampton General Hospital by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (Helimed 56).

"South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is conducting appropriate welfare checks with the families of all involved.

"The road is closed until further notice and motorists are asked to avoid the area. Diversions are in place."

TRAVEL - ROADS: NEW FOREST - A337 expected to remain closed after ambulance crash

A337 in both directions closed due to accident investigation work between B3055 Balmer Lawn Road (Brockenhurst) and Beechen Lane (Lyndhurst). Expect delays.

The road is expected to remain closed until this afternoon for investigation works and recovery. Diversion - a lengthy diversion via the A35.


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