Two paramedics narrowly avoid serious injuries when a lorry shed some of its load while they were driving down a major A-road in Dorset.
The driver of the lorry failed to stop at the scene, but police are keeping an open mind about the circumstances around the collision on the A354 Weymouth Relief Road on Friday morning.
Officers think it’s possible the driver was unaware of the incident which unfolded behind them; with warnings issued against speculation online.
The South Western Ambulance Service vehicle suffered significant damage to its windscreen in the collision, causing the crew on board to sustain minor injuries – both medics suffered cuts and bruises.
One local, Joanne Southgate, took to social media to say she ‘saw everything fly in the air and one piece hit an ambulance’, adding that the ‘paramedic looked very shaken’.
Whilst ambulances are kitted out with CCTV and dashcams, the footage will only form a small part of the police investigation. Officers are keen to talk to anyone who wintessed the crash to get their account of events.
A Dorset Police spokesperson said: “At 1025 this morning, Friday the 12th of June 2020, a South Western Ambulance Service vehicle was travelling along the A354 towards Weymouth when a lorry shed some of its load.
“This caused debris to severely damage the windscreen of the ambulance and cause minor injuries to the crew.
“The lorry and driver did not stop at the scene and police are keen to make contact. At this stage it is unclear if the driver would have been aware of this incident, and speculation should be avoided.
“Please contact Dorset Police by calling 101, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference 12:129 or asking to speak to A/PS 1392 Love.”
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