Driver dies after crashing into UK ambulance
The 21-year-old drove into a parked ambulance while paramedics were helping victims of another accident
SUNDERLAND, England — A motorist has died after his car crashed into a parked ambulance.
The 21-year-old was driving a Renault Clio which ploughed into a stationary ambulance as paramedics tended to the victims of another road smash.
The man, from Chester-le-Street, had to be cut free from the wreckage of his car by firefighters following the crash, which happened on the A1231, near the junction of the A195 at Barmston in Washington just before 7.30am yesterday.
He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment but died later in the day.
The ambulance involved had been attending a separate crash, involving a Vauxhall Astra.
Four people travelling in that car were also taken to hospital suffering minor injuries. A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: "A 21-year-old man from the Chester-le-Street area who was taken to the Sunderland Royal Infirmary has died.
"Four other men were also taken to hospital with minor injuries. Inquiries are ongoing."
A spokesman for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: "The driver was freed by fire crews using cutting equipment and placed on a stretcher and taken to hospital.
"The ambulance involved was attending a separate incident involving a Vauxhall Astra."
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the accident to come forward.
Come Witnesses or anyone with any information should call Northumbria Police on 101.
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