A paramedic was taken to hospital last night, and four other people hurt, after an ambulance answering a 999 call was involved in a collision with a car.
The female paramedic was taken to Sunderland Royal Infirmary suffering from neck injuries following the smash in Murton, County Durham, at 7.20pm. Four youths in the Renault Clio were also taken to hospital with cuts and bruises. The ambulance, with flashing blue lights and sirens, had been answering a Category B emergency of a person suffering from breathing difficulties.
The type of call is classed as serious, but not life threatening. But as the ambulance neared the junction of Church Street and Coronation Street it was involved in the collision with the car, thought to be a Renault Clio. Four ambulances attended the accident, along with firefighters from the Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service who cut free one youth. North-East Ambulance Service head of communications Mark Cotton said the ambulance was not carrying patients at the time of the smash.