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A21 Sevenoaks bypass closed following crash involving ambulance and cement lorry

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A female paramedic has died after an ambulance and a cement lorry crashed on the A21 yesterday evening.

A male paramedic has been airlifted to a London hospital with multiple injuries, while a student paramedic is in hospital with a head injury.

The lorry driver suffered minor injuries after the crash, which happened just after 8pm on the Sevenoaks bypass.

The South East Coast Ambulance confirmed the news in a statement this morning, which read: "It is with huge sadness that we confirm the death of a paramedic involved in a collision on the A21 yesterday evening.

"Three members of staff were travelling in the ambulance at the time of the collision but were not conveying a patient.

Multiple crews attended the scene, including the air ambulance service alongside police and fire service colleagues. Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, a female paramedic sadly died at the scene.

"A male paramedic, who sustained serious multiple injuries, was airlifted to Kings College Hospital in London and a student paramedic, who was travelling in the rear of the vehicle, was taken to hospital with a head injury."

The crash happened on the A21 near Tonbridge Picture: UKNIP
The crash happened on the A21 near Tonbridge Picture: UKNIP

SECAmb Executive Director of Operations Emma Williams said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and our heart-felt sympathies go to her family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.

"Our thoughts are also with the other injured staff members as well as all of those who responded to the incident.

“We are supporting the police in their enquiries and would urge anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.”

The road was shut for several hours before reopening at around 8am.

Where the crash happened
Where the crash happened

A police spokesperson said: "Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit have commenced and investigation and are asking anyone with dashcam footage prior to the incident to come forward.

"Anyone who witnessed the collision is also being asked to contact officers."

If anyone has any information that may assist with the investigation please call 01622 798538 quoting RY/CF/03/22. You can also email sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk

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