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Motorist injured in collision

The ambulance that was involved in a collision in Morpeth town centre on Tuesday.

The ambulance that was involved in a collision in Morpeth town centre on Tuesday.

An incident in Morpeth town centre on Tuesday afternoon caused traffic congestion.

There was a collision between an ambulance, no patient was in it at the time, and a Volkswagen Golf on Newgate Street near the Manchester Street junction just before 2pm.

Another ambulance vehicle came along about 20 minutes later to take the driver of the car to Wansbeck General Hospital.

The ambulance was stationary on Newgate Street by the traffic lights and police were called to manage the traffic situation. The vehicle was recovered later in the afternoon.

A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 13.57 on Tuesday to say that there had been a traffic collision in Morpeth involving one of our own ambulances and a car.

“We then sent one of our rapid response cars, which arrived at 14.16, to take the driver of the car to Wansbeck’s A&E department.”

Rapid responders are paramedics who have been fully trained to work on their own. They have the skills to assess patients to see whether they definitely need treatment by an ambulance crew.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “At 2.20pm, police were informed about a collision in Newgate Street, Morpeth, between an ambulance and a car.

“The driver of the Volkswagen Golf received medical treatment for minor injuries.”

 

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