Two ambulances involved in separate crashes today

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
The scene of the accident in Portrush
The scene of the accident in Portrush

The Ambulance Service has confirmed that two ambulances were involved in separate crashes this morning.

On the Shore Road, Whiteabbey, an ambulance collided with a car which was emerging from a side road at around 8.30am.

The driver of the car was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile in Portrush, an ambulance flipped on to its side after colliding with a van while merging at the junction of Atlantic Road and the Coleraine Road at around 9am.

One person had to be cut free from the vehicle while the Ambulance Crew Were also taken to the Causeway Coast Hospital to be treated for non life-threatening injuries.

A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said: “NIFRS received a call at 8.54am to a report of a two vehicle road traffic collision at the Atlantic Road area of Portrush this morning.

“Two fire appliances from Portrush Fire Station and one fire appliance from both Coleraine and Portstewart fire stations were deployed to the scene of a two vehicle road traffic collision involving an ambulance and a van.

"One person was removed from the ambulance by firefighters using hydraulic cutting equipment, while the driver of the van and another person inside the ambulance were outside the vehicle upon arrival by firefighters at the scene.

“The incident finished at 9.35am.”

An Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We would repeat our calls for drivers to exercise extreme caution on the roads at all times."