Man dies after being hit by ambulance in Northumberland

A man has died after being hit by an ambulance on the A1 southbound near to Haggerston in Northumberland

An ambulance
An ambulance

A man has died after being hit by an ambulance on the A1.

The collision happened just before 7pm this evening, Tuesday October 29, when officers received a report that an ambulance had collided with a pedestrian on the A1 southbound near to Haggerston in Northumberland.

Officers and paramedics attended the scene and a section of the A1, both lanes, between the B6353 and B6525 is currently closed. Diversions have been put in place.

The pedestrian, a man in his 50s,  involved in the collision was  pronounced dead at the scene and enquiries into the collision are underway.

A spokesman for the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said: "An ambulance transferring a non-emergency patient between Berwick and Wansbeck hospitals has been involved in a collision with a pedestrian. This took place at 18.52 on the 29th October on the A1 south-bound near Haggerston Castle in Northumberland.

"We are working closely with Northumbria Police to find out what happened and support with an investigation in whatever way we can.

"Two ambulances were dispatched to deal with the collision and to transfer the original patient to Wansbeck Hospital.

"We would also like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of the pedestrian at this difficult time.

"The ambulance crew involved in the incident are being supported by a senior ambulance officer as they are extremely shocked by what has happened.

"The ambulance involved was carrying out a routine patient transfer and so was not travelling with blue lights or sirens as those were not needed for the patient on board.

"There were no injuries to the ambulance patient or crew but we would urge any witnesses to the collision to contact the police to help them with their investigation."

Anyone who was driving in the area at the time of the incident and who witnessed anything is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191. 

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