Police investigation after man dies on A1 near Haggerston

Northumbria Police are investigating the death of a pensioner who died after being hit by an ambulance on the A1 near Haggerston

The A1 in Northumberland, near Belford
The A1 in Northumberland, near Belford

A man who lost his life after being hit by an ambulance on a North East road has been named.

The collision happened on Tuesday evening on the A1 southbound near to Haggerston, Northumberland, as the ambulance was transferring a non-emergency patient between hospitals.

Paramedics were called to the scene just before 7pm after it was reported a pedestrian had been hit by an ambulance.

Eric Shaw, who was 70 and from the Mablethorpe area of Lincolnshire, died at the scene.

Northumbria Police is investigating the incident and the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has said it will co-operate fully with all officers’ inquiries.

Mr Shaw had travelled on the Arriva X15 bus from Alnwick to Berwick and got off at the Haggerston A1 stop. Police want to speak to anyone who was on that bus and who saw anything that could help with enquiries.

The Trust said that the ambulance had been taking a patient from Berwick Infirmary to Wansbeck Hospital, in Ashington.

The patient in the ambulance is not thought to have sustained any injuries in the collision and was taken on by a separate ambulance.

A spokesman for the 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 October 29 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 and who witnessed anything contact police on 101 ext 69191.

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