Tributes after ambulance crash

An ambulance with four people on board has collided with a tree in The New Forest.

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Appeal continues after ambulance tragedy

A 25-year-old man driving a blue Seat Alhambra, which was involved in the collision, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by driving without due care and attention and bailed until July 29.

Roads policing officers are continuing their appeal for information and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle in the Lymington or Brockenhurst areas prior to it.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Road Death Investigation team at Eastleigh police station, quoting Operation Feldberg, on 101.

Ambulance crash victims named

Police have named the ambulance driver and patient who died following a collision in the New Forest on Friday. Gillian Randall, 42, of Newlands Copse, Blackfield, was an ambulance technician with South Central Ambulance Service.

For reasons yet to be established, the ambulance she was driving left the A337 while travelling north towards Lyndhurst and collided with a tree at around 9.35am.

The vehicle was conveying a patient to hospital at the time of the collision. He was Francis Ironside, 88, of Harts Way, Lymington.

Both Mr Ironside, known to his family and friends as Jim, and Gillian Randall were pronounced dead at the scene.

A 32-year-old male paramedic, and a 64-year-old male relative of Mr Ironside, both travelling in the back, suffered serious injuries and both remain in a serious condition in hospital.


Ambulance crash: Tribute to victim

South Central Ambulance has issued a new statement after a crew member was killed in a crash in the New Forest.

The statement said: "The deceased crew member was a highly valued and respected member of our staff.

"South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust would like to pay tribute to them and are currently liaising with their family to this end.

"Our overriding concern at this time is for the wishes of the deceased crew member's family and the wishes of the family of the deceased patient."

Police appeal after second crash in ambulance area

Police are appealing for witnesses after four men were injured in a collision on the same stretch of road in which two were killed in last Friday's ambulance crash.

At round five minutes past midnight this morning, a black Renault Clio on the A337 towards Cadnam came off the road in the New Forest.

The vehicle is believed to have collided with a tree before coming to rest down an embankment.

The front seat passenger, 21, and a rear seat passenger, 20, had to be freed from the vehicle by fire crews. They suffered serious injuries.

I’d like to thank the drivers and passengers of several vehicles, including a coach, who stopped to help at the scene.

I would like to hear from anyone with information about the collision or anyone who saw the Clio driving prior to it.

– PC Phil Pentelow

All the men, from the Southampton area, were taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. All currently remain in hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Totton Roads Policing unit on 101.


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.

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