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HSE Investigation after wheels fall off ambulance transporting patient

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
The driver found the two wheels at the rear of the ambulance became dislodged
The driver found the two wheels at the rear of the ambulance became dislodged

The Health Service Executive is investigating a road incident during which two wheels fell off an ambulance that was transporting a patient.

The incident occurred while the ambulance was transporting a patient from Letterkenny General Hospital to Galway University Hospital on 26 August, according to a report in The Journal

An ambulance driver says he was travelling towards the hospital when he experienced a shudder and some noise from the engine of the vehicle. 

He brought the vehicle to a halt and went to inspect the back of the ambulance. He discovered the back two wheels had dislodged. 

The driver contacted the National Emergency Control Centre and a second vehicle was sent to the scene. 

"There were medical personnel and a patient on board at the time but there were no adverse effects to the patient as a result of this vehicle issue," the HSE said.  

"The second ambulance arrived within five minutes of the issue being raised and the patient and medical personal made their onward journey to Galway University Hospital.

"The manufacturer has been informed. A full investigation by the manufacturer and an independent company is now being conducted."

The publication said the vehicle had over 411,000 kilometres on the clock and its full service history was in line with guidelines.