Civilian staff from the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) had a lucky escape yesterday (25th Feb) after a van ploughed into the back of their stationary vehicle on the M66.
The emergency ambulance had been on a road test and was being operated by two NWAS mechanics. During the road test, the ambulance broke down on a section of the busy road that had no hard shoulder.
As it was awaiting recovery, it was struck by a white van.
Nobody was seriously hurt in the incident, despite the extensive damage caused to the van following the impact.
A North West Ambulance spokesperson said:
“At approximately 3pm on 25th February, one of our emergency ambulances was involved in an RTC on the M66 while out on a road test with two of our mechanics.
“At the time of the collision, the vehicle had broken down at the side of the carriageway, where there was no hard shoulder, and was awaiting recovery.
“No patients and neither of the mechanics were on board the vehicle at the time and fortunately nobody was hurt.
“The damage on the vehicle is now being assessed at one of our workshops.”
A spokesperson for GMP Traffic said: ‘This highlights just how dangerous a place the motorways are. Pay attention when you are driving!
‘We want to go home too’.
It is unknown whether or not the driver of the van that struck the emergency ambulance was reported for any driving offences.
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