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Ambulance bursts into flames, Co. Antrim - Northern Ireland
« on: February 15, 2010, 02:07:01 PM »
An elderly woman was being taken to Antrim Area Hospital on Sunday afternoon when the ambulance burst into flames on the hard shoulder of the M2, near Dunsilly roundabout. The driver had pulled over when he realised he could smell burning and that smoke was getting into the cab.

The ambulance crew and the patient had to get out of the vehicle on the hard shoulder of the motorway to escape injury. The patient was taken to hospital by a van driver who had been passing, accompanied by a paramedic.

The ambulance was destroyed in the blaze, which resulted in part of the motorway being closed for three hours while the Fire and Rescue Service dealt with the incident. Fire Service Assistant Group Commander Gavin McWhirter said the fire started in the engine compartment.

Six emergency vehicles in Ireland and Wales caught fire in the past year. At least three ambulances have burst into flames in Ireland, prompting the Health Service Executive to order that all 2006 model Mercedes ambulances be taken off the road for inspection. Also, three incidents involving similar ambulances in Wales occurred in a two-week period last August.

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Ambulance bursts into flames, Co. Antrim - Northern Ireland
« on: February 15, 2010, 02:07:01 PM »

 

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