Elderly woman in ambulance dies after head-on collision with car

Elderly woman in ambulance dies after head-on collision with car

A pensioner has died after the private ambulance she was in was involved in a head-on crash.

The 75-year-old woman was fatally injured in the collision between the non-emergency ambulance operated by the firm MSL and an orange Ford Fiesta being driven by a 19-year-old man.

The Fiesta car, which was carrying two passengers, a 19-old woman and a 17-year-old boy, collided with the ambulance after having been involved in a crash with a Volkswagen Amarok 4x4 at a junction moments earlier.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the fatal accident happened on the A49 at the Strefford turn near Ludlow in Shropshire just after 7pm on Monday.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident.

The elderly woman was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital with "serious injuries" according to medics, but died shortly after arrival.

The ambulance driver, thought to be in his 50s, suffered chest pain, while a female attendant, also believed to be in her 50s, who was in the rear of the vehicle at the time of the crash, had to be treated for leg and shoulder injuries.

Nobody in the VW 4x4 was injured.

The driver of the Fiesta suffered a serious leg injury, according to the police, and was treated for back pain before being taken to hospital.

An ambulance service spokesman said: "The woman in the front passenger seat also went to the same hospital with minor injuries, but the man in the back of the car was uninjured and was discharged at scene."

A West Mercia Police spokesman said: "At approximately 7.10pm a collision took place between an orange Ford Fiesta and a black Volkswagen Amarok at the junction of the A49 with Strefford.

"A head-on collision then occurred between the Fiesta and a white private non-emergency ambulance."

Anyone with information about the crash is urged to call police on 101.