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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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BREAKING: Man arrested after ambulance crash

A 20-year-old man has been arrested at the scene of a fatal crash in which an ambulance crashed into a tree in the New Forest. The driver of the ambulance and the patient were killed. The two other occupants of the ambulance are in hospital with serious injuries.

The 20-year-old man - who was not on board the ambulance - has been detained on suspicion of causing death by driving without due care and attention.

The incident happened on the Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst road, at 9.35am.

The A337 is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day while investigators examine the cause of the accident. Motorists are being asked to avoid the area. Diversions are in place.

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