Ambulance Worker Dies After Object Smashes Through Windscreen On 999 Callout
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An ambulance worker has died while on duty after an object smashed through the windscreen of the vehicle.
The man, who has not yet been named, was out on a 999 call with a crewmate at 8am on the junction of Moreton Road and the A49 in Herefordshire when the incident happened.
His crewmate was injured but has since been discharged from hospital.
Images show a huge hole in the windscreen of the ambulance on the passenger's side, while there's also a dent on the bonnet.
No other vehicles were involved.
Following the incident, two emergency ambulance crews, paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and two Mercia Accident Rescue Service doctors were all sent to the scene but tragically nothing could be done to save the Ambulance Technician.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "Sadly, despite everyone's best efforts, nothing could be done to save our colleague, who was the front passenger, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.
"His crewmate, the driver, was also injured in the incident.
"He has received treatment at hospital and has subsequently been discharged."
West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: "This is truly awful news, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of those involved at this very difficult time.
"I am enormously proud of all the staff and the university students as part of their clinical placement that worked so hard and professionally to try to save our colleague.
"I am sorry that despite their best efforts, he could not be saved."
West Mercia Police said in a statement: "An ambulance technician has sadly died following an incident on A49 in Hereford this morning.
"We were called at around 8am to reports of an incident near the junction of Moreton Road, towards Leominster, involving an ambulance vehicle whilst on route to a 999 call.
"Sadly the technician in the passenger's side of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of the emergency services who attended.
"Our thoughts are with the deceased's love ones and our colleagues in West Midlands Ambulance Service at this difficult time."
West Mercia Police is asking anyone who saw what happened, or who may have dashcam footage, to get in touch on 101, quoting incident 00101i of 24 April.