Tributes after ambulance crash

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

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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.

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