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Paramedic attending emergency call arrested for drink-driving

Paramedic attending emergency call is arrested for drink-driving after ambulance is involved in seven car pile-up

A paramedic has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after his ambulance smashed into six queuing vehicles on its way to a 999 call.

In a scene describe as ‘near-carnage’ the ambulance ploughed into cars, a van and minibuses on the A52 in Nottingham.

Miraculously no one was seriously hurt -
As well as the ambulance, two minibuses, a Ford Transit van, a Ford Mondeo, an Audi A4 and a Toyota Avensis were involved in the collision on the westbound carriageway.

The 39-year-old ambulance driver was arrested following the accident on Saturday night. He had been attending a 999 call at the time.

The A52 was closed between Bramcote and Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, for around four hours after the crash at 7.40pm and four people had to be taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre.

The East Midlands Ambulance Service employee was arrested at the scene and has since been bailed until a date in January 2011. He has been suspended from work.

At the time of the incident, the ambulance was travelling to an emergency call, but had no patient on board.
The patient was already being treated by an EMAS Fast Response Vehicle and was later transported safely to hospital by another ambulance.

Minibus owner Mark Simpkin said it could have been carnage if anyone was in the back of his vehicle which was second to be hit in the pile up.

His 14-seater MC Travel bus had just dropped passengers off in the centre of Nottingham for a night out.
The ambulance driven by the paramedic arrested on suspicion of drink driving is believed to have hit seven queuing cars sitting in the left-hand lane of the A52 dual carriageway.

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